Russia and Qatar are interesting choices, especially considering the bid process was fraught with corruption allegations levelled at FIFA. Russia I can deal with. It is a big country (in more than one sense of the word) and has never hosted the tournament before, which is a plus. It has several problems to overcome before 2018, but I am sure that they can manage to put on a decent show.
Now Qatar, I am not so sure. They have many problems to overcome, not least the fact it can get up to 50° in the summer. Then there are the infrastructure problems. Qatar is a relatively small country with a population of just 1.6 million, and it is questionable whether they will be able to cope with the influx of people that the World Cup will bring. One has to wonder how much money Qatar put into their bid. Australia spent $45m and managed to get one vote for their troubles, but one feels their bid was probably hampered by this awful video.
England will be disappointed. Despite all their efforts, they only managed to get two votes. British Prime Minister David Cameron was criticised by some for travelling to Zurich to support the bid instead of attending climate change talks in Mexico. But hey, why trade one corrupt bunch for another? Luckily, Ed West is on hand to put his own perspective on things:
Sepp Blatter, after telling us that the Chinese invented football (???), then explained that football teaches us how to accept defeat.
Wrong – for the English football teaches us that foreigners always cheat us out of everything, and we have never fairly lost in anything, ever.