A couple of days back we profiled here on STO FIFA’s 22 man executive committee who would be involved in the voting process that would see the rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments given to the most successful country.
As shocking as the results were, Russia won the 2018 bid while Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 tournament. The English media were quick to express their feelings with one article that appeared on BBC Sports titled Anger,Despair and Bewilderment.
It gets more interesting as the article goes on to reveal the names of the men who who gave their word to Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William and then proceeded to vote differently.
The famous or infamous five are thought to be Jack Warner from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Chung Jong Moon from Korea, American Chuck Blazer, Mario Lefkaritis from Cyprus and Jacques Anouma from Cote d’ Ivoire.
It still is not known whether England will take any form of action against these individuals and by that i mean, visa bans and the likes, but what is for sure is the the humiliation and shock that England faced will go down in its sporting history as one of their biggest disappointments.
A Holland-Belgium joint bid would have been my ideal choice for 2018. Qatar on the other hand truly deserved to win. This will be the first time the tournament will be held in that part of the world and like their slogan mentions, the world will be expecting amazing.
Money is not an issue for the oil rich Middle Eastern nation and we all know that a major factor that determines the success of a project of such great magnitude is the amount of money and equally important the time taken to make it a success.
Both tournaments are a couple of years away however, there is never a better time to start preparing than now.
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