FIFA has awarded Russia the appropriate to host the 2018 World Cup finals after the country’s bid received essentially the most votes from 22 executive members of FIFA in a secret poll held in Zurich.

Spain-Portugal, Holland-Belgium and England have been the three other bids zambila2 in the fray. The choice process concerned a number of rounds of voting, with the country receiving the fewest votes eliminated in each round.

As many as 15 bids have been acquired from countries aspiring to host the 2018 event, and Russia won an outright majority of 13 votes, within the second spherical of voting, after garnering 9 in the first. The Spain-Portugal joint bid acquired seven votes.

The tournament in Russia will span thirteen cities, all within the country’s European area, in a bid to facilitate easier access. In its bid Russia promised to scrap visas throughout the 2018 tournament and this is seen as a serious factor within the vote within the country’s favour.

The ballot in Zurich also selected the host of the 2022 tournament, which was awarded to Qatar. The oil-rich Center-Jap country won towards rival bids from the United States, Japan and South Korea, in the ultimate spherical of voting. Australia which had also bid for the 2022 World Cup was ousted in the first round of voting.

Mexico which had earlier bid to host the 2022 tournament withdrew its bid citing monetary reasons.

Neither Russia nor Qatar has hosted the occasion previously. The awarding of the tournaments to these international locations has brought an end to a controversial voting process with allegations of corruption that led to the suspension of executive committee members.

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