Voting results of WC 2018, 2022

Twenty-two members of the FIFA Executive Committee were entitled to vote in the race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups with 12 votes needed for an absolute majority and therefore to obtain the right to host the World Cup.

This is how Thursday’s vote unfolded:


Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes (as no absolute majority was reached, the candidate with least amount of votes, England, was eliminated)

Round 2: Netherlands/ Belgium 2 votes, Spain/ Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtained an absolute majority)


Round 1: Australia 1 vote, Japan 3 votes, Korea Republic 4 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 3 votes (Australia eliminated)

Round 2: Japan 2 votes, Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 10 votes and USA 5 votes (Japan eliminated)

Round 3: Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 6 votes (Korea Republic eliminated)

Round 4: Qatar 14 votes and USA 8 votes (Qatar obtained an absolute majority)


WC 2018, 2022 quotes

“I think it was the wrong decision.”

– US President Barack Obama after America lost out to Qatar for 2022.

“I think the bid team have done everything possible, we couldn’t have got a better bid.”

– David Beckham after England’s doomed 2018 bid.

“What did we expect? FIFA, as far as I’m concerned, is full of people who say ‘yes’ to your face and ‘no’ behind your back. England have little or no influence.”

– Former England manager Graham Taylor.

“Hurray! Victory! Now we have to really prepare the way we stage the World Cup. And, of course, put up a deserving performance.”

– Russia President Dmitry Medvedev.

“We also have a good league, we have extraordinary players, including our own, who are world champions. But, hey, I suppose that (members of FIFA’s executive committee) had different criteria from us.”

– Spain coach Vicente del Bosque after the joint Spain/Portugal bid for 2018 failed.

“We started off being written off, being the unconventional bid. And no-one thought we had a chance to win. On behalf of millions living in the Middle East, thank you FIFA for having such bold vision. We have a date with history which is summer 2022.”

– Qatar bid president Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani.

“Soccer is dead to me. What a rort (scam). Who goes to Qatar to watch the world game? It’s a joke.”

– Australian fan Jeremy Tom after his country lost out to Qatar.

“It is bitterly disappointing. According to FIFA we had the best technical team, no one could identify any risks of coming to England. I think we had the strongest commercial bid and the country is passionate about football. But it turns out that’s not enough.”

– British Prime Minister David Cameron

“We had a very strong bid, sadly it didn’t work out. Congratulations has to go to Russia, they won and well done to them. I’m sure it will be a very good World Cup.”

– Prince William

FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid 5-0 29/11/10

Barca simply the best after Real rout

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid


Xavi and Lionel Messi were both instrumental in the destruction of Real

Xavi and Lionel Messi were both instrumental in the destruction of Real

It was said that Monday night’s game at Camp Nou – hyped like few other domestic league ties in the history of the game – would settle two raging debates: who are the best team in the world, and who is the best player in the world? If this solitary match could be said to be decisive in that regard, then the judgement was emphatic. It left no room whatsoever for argument.

Barcelona, conducted magisterially by Xavi and Andres Iniesta – the Lennon and McCartney of midfield double acts – and led on the frontline by the clinical talents of Lionel Messi and David Villa, ran riot against Real, inflicting a career-worst defeat on Jose Mourinho – the man recruited by Real this summer to break down Barca’s domestic hegemony after he ended their European supremacy at Inter Milan. Read more of this post

Right Place, Right Time

Right on time Rocky Widner/NBAE

Right on time Rocky Widner/NBAE

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – When the credits rolled on the wild and crazy Summer of 2010, the names Dorrell Wright and Hakim Warrick were barely legible compared to the bold type afforded guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, David Lee and many others.

Yet when the midseason report cards get handed out, both Wright and Warrick will be on the honor roll.

While some of the more high-profile movers from the summer are still trying to settle into their new digs, Wright (in Golden State) and Warrick (Phoenix) have made seamless transitions with their new teams.

It’s clearly a case of the right player being in the right place at just the right time. The 19th pick in their respective drafts (Wright in 2004 and Warrick in 2005), neither player had found the right fit, until now. And their new teams are reaping the rewards of these unions in ways their former teams wish they could. Read more of this post

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