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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
After receiving just two votes in the initial round of bidding for the 2018 World Cup, members of the England bid contingent who had traveled to Zurich expressed surprise and disappointment. Read the whole story
Paul Rhys of Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera writes that, for a moment at least, the simple tearing open of an envelope made Qatar, with its 7,000 square miles of desert, the biggest country in the world. That the Gulf state of just 1.6 million people would host the World ... Read the whole story
Despite a $45 million campaign, backed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to host the 2022 World Cup, Australia was knocked out in the first round with just one vote. Australia's sports minister Mark Arbib said Qatar's plan to ship surplus stadiums to developing nations and its contribution to Middle East ... Read the whole story
The BBC's Richard Galpin looks at the hurdles Russia faces before hosting the 2018 World Cup. It has drawn up an ambitious plan to transform the soccer facilities in 13 cities in the western part of the country. There are huge distances between potential host cities, many of which are ... Read the whole story
After failed bids to host the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, Spain struck out on landing the 2018 World Cup. Spanish sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky said, "I am getting used to losing." Read the whole story
Grant Wahl, reporting from Zurich after FIFA awarded World Cup 2022 to Qatar (with the U.S. losing out) and World Cup 2018 to Russia, provided these three observations ... Read the whole story

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