England have failed in their bid to host the 2018 World Cup, the tournament has been awarded to Russia, who’ll host the case for the very first time. England had been the favorites to win the vote to sponsor the competition.
The results of the vote were announced in Zurich by FIFA President Sepp Blatter. The will come as a fantastic disappointment for many fans who had been hoping England would point the championship for the first time since 1966, the year that they won the trophy.
After the voting from the FIFA executive committee it became apparent that England had just secured two of the potential twenty-two votes, efficiently winning only 1 vote as well as their own, and they had been removed in the first round of voting. The competing nations of Holland and Belgium, Spain and Portugal and Russia progressed to another round of voting where Russia secured the majority needed to be awarded the championship.
It had been estimated that England would win the vote to sponsor the competition, which can generate billions of pounds to the economy, in addition to the prestige of hosting such a great competition. It’s estimated that #463 million has been spent preparing England’s bid.
Earlier in the afternoon, every nation had made a last presentation, which was fronted by Prime Minister David Cameron, David Beckham and Prince William, for England, a presentation that was described by FIFA president Sepp Blatter as being equally excellent and remarkable.
It’s feared that England’s bid was tarnished by recent media reports. A report from the Sunday Times led to six FIFA officials being suspended last month following allegations of corruption in footballs World governing body along with the BBC’s Panorama programme made further allegations of corruption within FIFA and the voting process, only a couple of days back. Before this season the chairman of England’s bid Lord Triesman resigned following allegations of collusion between other countries, that the allegation has been seen to be very damaging to the bidding at that time.
The 2022 World Cup was granted to Qatar, meaning that the next opportunity for England to host a World Cup is in 2026 or 2030, which will disappoint many football loving fans throughout the nation.