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Old 12-05-10, 07:24 AM   #1
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I thought that it was about time that someone congratulated Russia for successfully winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup (soccer).

It's about time too, as it is nothing short of a disgrace that arguably the 2nd most powerful nation on this planet should have to wait 88 years before it was given the opportunity to host the world's premier football extravaganza for the first time. I can only conclude that political bias was mainly behind it's exclusion for so long.

The Soviet Union has always been a strong football nation, qualifying for 7 tournaments. It has never won the competition, but now that Russia is the 2018 hosts, perhaps they can look forward to their first success as hosting the competition has proved a great advantage. No fewer than 6 nations that hosted the WC went on to win the competition in the year that they hosted it:

Uruguay, Italy, England, West Germany, Argentina and France all won the competition, listed in chronological order of success. Arguably, some of them would not have won it had it not been for home advantage.

So, don't rule out a Brazil win in 2014, followed by Russia in 2018.

Mind you, Qatar hosting the 2022 tournament is a strange decision, to say the least.
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well done russia

funny how england never wins since it was us who gave football to the world
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the 2nd most powerful nation on this planet
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not even top 10 - obsolete nukes does not make a nation "powerful"

Also, Qutar hosting will be a disaster

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Jim White of the Daily Telegraph writes about the Russia and Qatar successes:

"Let us celebrate the victors. Like Russia. Lucky Russia: eight long years to build 13 stadiums and find a load of grass for the one they already have.
Oddly, none of the money required for that vast herding of white elephants over the next decade will come from the Zurich gnomes. But prime minister Putin - who, you suspect given his track record in elections, will still be in power by the time 2018 comes round - has promised that the money will come from the Russian tax payer to do it. And he and his inner circle know all about channelling cash from the pockets of the Russian tax payer. What is that we learned from Wikileaks about how senior US diplomats talk of the barrowloads of roubles heading in to the Kremlin?

No problems either in Russia with, as president Blatter himself put it, "the evil media". In Moscow, to challenge authority by asking legitimate questions of accountability and transparency, is to end up in the gutter with your throat slit.
Would wretched old England be so accommodating and ensure no messy independent scrutiny be applied to matters football, FIFA may smile upon us in the futurre.
And how smilingly the famously tolerant Russian fans will look upon the visiting teams from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Brazil - actually anywhere other than Russia.

Talking of how visiting fans and teams will be received, let us too look benevolently upon Qatar.
"Thank you for believing in change," said Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the nation's personable, American-accented emir, on hearing that his state had won the right to hold the competition. And who could suggest that change is anything other than a concept very close to the emir's heart. As long as it does not involve him, democratic mandate or social reform.

In honesty, not much is likely to change in Qatar (beyond the building of 12 stadiums for 1.2 million people with no history of playing football, what a grand example of FIFA's commitment to legacy that is) before 2022.
So the world can anticipate one heck of a party in the gulf in 12 years' time. What with the nice, tolerant local modesty police force insisting on men-only stadiums, the total exclusion of alcohol and that any visiting females truss up in tents, we'll all have a ball.

"Get your nose out for the lads," will be the chant echoing round the emirate at the first sight of a tourist obliged to dress as if from the stock cupboard of her nearest branch of Millets."

Not much respect for other cultures here, Mr. White.

Just the same old racist remarks.
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Can't say I disagree with Mr White's vision of a WC held in Qatar. His remarks may be unnecessary, but they are a reality in that country.

And I doubt it's anything to do with sour grapes. Holding a WC is a nightmare for any modern developed big city. Only worthwhile for more off the map undevelped cities, gives them the opportunity to smarten up. I can't imagine that people in London are anything but relieved.
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That well known Tory dick head, Boris Johnson, shows the vindictive side of his nature.

The London Mayor has revoked FIFA's free hotel rooms at the city's exclusive Dorchester hotel during the 2012 Olympic Games.





FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his team had been in line to benefit from the rooms during the two-week sporting extravaganza in the city.
However following the controversy of the 2018 World Cup vote, which saw England knocked out at the first-round stage with just two of a possible 22 votes from the FIFA executive committee, Johnson has decided that they should not receive the freebie.

That's right Boris...just you make sure that England never gets the World Cup again.

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