There are 11 countries competing to host the next two World Cup tournaments and on December 2, in Zurich, 24 FIFA officials will make that decision.
I wonder if those 24 FIFA officials are being sequestered. The World Cup venue is worth billions in the sports world and the country to host sees a lot of that revenue. This potentially opens the door to major corruption and one does not have a lot of confidence that the selection is a result of fair play. We all remember the Olympics scandal of Salt Lake City.
The countries bidding for the 2018 World Cup are England, Russia, Belgium-Netherlands, Spain-Portugal and for the 2022 World Cup, the countries are the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.
Also accompanying the bidding is a little mud-slinging. The bid leader of Russia, ALexey Sorokin, challenged England’s bid by reportedly alleging that London has a youth drinking problem and a high crime rate. England is demanding an apology, however, Sorokin is arguing that his comments were mistranslated. Boys will be boys.
Wherever the World Cup venue is slated, you can count on it as being top class and something that everyone should attend at least once in their lives.