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:

2018 WORLD CUP

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)

2022 FIFA WORLD CUP

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)

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Terry, Cole and Agbonlahor out of England game

 

John Terry sits out the loss to Sunderland

John Terry sits out the loss to Sunderland

John Terry will miss England’s friendly with France on Wednesday through injury, while Ashley Cole and Gabriel Agbonlahor have also withdrawn from the squad.

Cole and Agbonlahor both picked up knocks on club duty over the weekend and the FA has confirmed that Bolton’s Gary Cahill and Aston Villa full-back Stephen Warnock have been called in as replacements. Andy Carroll will be assessed by England’s medical team with Carlon Cole of West Ham already selected as cover.

Terry missed the stunning 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland after suffering a nerve problem in training that is leading to pain in a gluteal muscle and hamstring. Read more of this post

Ponting says England will struggle with Gabba pitch

Ricky Ponting: "Our record in Brisbane is unbelievably good and we want to make sure we continue that o

Ricky Ponting: "Our record in Brisbane is unbelievably good and we want to make sure we continue that o

Ricky Ponting has warned England they will find it “hard to come to grips” with the Gabba pitch despite their extensive preparation for the Ashes. The tourists will have had three warm-up matches by the time they reach Brisbane for the first Test on November 25, but Ponting does not believe it will help them deal with the pace and bounce of the surface.

“With just a normal Brisbane wicket, visiting teams find it hard to come to terms with just how different it is up there,” Ponting said in the Australian. England played in Perth over the weekend and start a match in Adelaide on Thursday, before their final warm-up in Hobart next week.

The tourists’ first look at the Gabba will come on the opening day of the series. “Our record there is unbelievably good and we want to make sure we continue that on,” Ponting said. Read more of this post

Western Australia sign Mahmood for Big Bash

The Warriors are expecting big things from Sajid Mahmood

The Warriors are expecting big things from Sajid Mahmood

Sajid Mahmood, the former England fast bowler, has replaced Kemar Roach as one of Western Australia’s overseas players for the Twenty20 Big Bash. Roach had to pull out due to his West Indies commitments, forcing the Warriors to find another strike bowler for the tournament starting in late December.

“I believe we have a very competent replacement,” the state coach Mickey Arthur said. “He is a genuine strike bowler who will shake up opposition batsmen, he is a capable batter himself who hits the ball a long way, and he is also great in the field, so he offers us the complete package.”

Mahmood, 28, has played eight Tests, 26 ODIs and four Twenty20 internationals, but he last represented England in 2009. Western Australia are still waiting for final approval from the West Indies board to have Chris Gayle, the former captain, back for his second season.

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