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Russia and Qatar announced winners

It will be a first for Eastern Europe and a first for the Middle East, as the FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter pointed out.
“I have to say thanks to to the Executive Committee of FIFA because for 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East,” said President Blatter. “So, I’m a happy President when we speak of the development of football.”
The FIFA President announced the result of the FIFA Executive Committee’s secret vote on Thursday, 2 December 2010 in Zurich’s Messe.
In the race for 2018, bidders included Russia, England, Netherlands and Belgium, Spain and Portugal. Meanwhile the five candidates bidding to stage the 2022 edition of the world’s biggest sporting event included Qatar, Australia, Korea Republic, Japan and USA.
The FIFA President congratulated the winning bids but was also quick to commend those who missed out.
“I have to give big compliments to all the bidders for the big job they have done and the messages they have delivered. All have delivered the message that football is more than just a game. Football is not only about winning; it is also a school of life where you must learn to lose, and that is not easy.”
The final presentations and the announcement of the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups was one of the biggest media events ever seen in Switzerland. Some 70 TV stations reported live from the official announcement at Zurich Exhibition Centre, where around 1,000 reporters from all over the world also covered the event.
Full results available on FIFA.com here

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