Having bagged rights to the 2018 World Cup, Russia must spend billions to get its infrastructure up to Fifa standards. However the legacy and possible gains are unlimited, as BTN finds out.
After one of the toughest bidding competitions in World Cup history, Russia has fended off rival bids from England and joint bids from Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal to win rights to has Fifa World Cup. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup - the first ever Middle East nation to host a World Cup.
Fifa’s top 22 executives will today vote on whether England, Russia or joint bids from Spain/Portugal bid or Belgium/Netherlands will host the 2018 World Cup. The decision, expected at 1500 GMT, with be followed by the announcement of the 2022 World Cup host - being contested by Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the United States.
England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup has been given lift following a diplomatic mission to Zurich by Prime minister David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham. Dubbed the “Three Lions”, the ambassadors met with top Fifa officials, including Sepp Blatter and Jack Warner, to discuss the merits of England’s bid ahead of the deciding vote tomorrow.
The BBC is suffering a backlash after its decision to broadcast a controversial Panorama programme about alleged Fifa corruption, just three days ahead of the crucial vote to decide if England will host the 2018 World Cup. The documentary has been widely criticised as “a breathless publicity stunt” and containing nothing but allegations dating back 20 years.