[WORLD CUP 2018] The FIFA executive committee awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia in the first of two host announcements made on Thursday by FIFA President
Sepp Blatter at the Messe Zurich in Switzerland.
The decision to give the World Cup to Russia marks the first time it will host the tournament.
Spain-Portugal, England and Netherlands-Belgium also bid for the 2018 World Cup.
Russia looked to have considerable support from the FIFA establishment but the last-minute no-show of Prime Min ister Vladimir Putin seemed to signal something wasn't right with the Russian bid.