After a more than thirty minute delay, a delay that felt like hours, FIFA announced today the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
For supporters of the US bid, a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl describing the scene before the announcement said it all: “Qatari delegation members getting handshakes & some hugs from FIFA voters. Hmmmmm….”
Here’s how the voting went for 2022:
First round: Australia 1, Japan 3, USA 3, Korea Republic 4, Qatar 11
Second round: Japan 2, Korea 5, USA 5, Qatar 10 votes
Third round: Korea 5, USA 6, Qatar 11
Fourth round: USA 8, Qatar 14
Here’s how the voting went for 2018:
First round: England 2, Holland/Belgium 4, Spain/Portugal 7, Russia 9
Second round: Holland/Belgium 2, Spain/Portugal 7, Russia 13
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