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A Prince, a Prime Minister and A Football Icon – But England Lose to… Russia?

England’s dream of hosting their first World Cup since 1966 is over, as Russia won in their bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

England sent over the Prince and future King of England, the current Prime Minister, and a worldwide footballing icon, but FIFA were persuaded by Russia, whose bid was backed by oil billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, among others. It is bitterly disappointing or England.

Our bid was clearly, far and away the best bid. We have the brilliant stadiums and facilities, we have the hugely passionate fans, we have the hype, the excitement, the love for football. We know know it feels to lose, that is for sure – we lose in the World Cup competitions all the time, but it doesn’t stop us from having the same extreme hype year after year. It is even more disheartening that England went out in the first round of voting; meaning that the likelihood is that England received less than 5 votes out of 22. There really is something wrong there – that suggests that England had the worst bid out of all of the bidders – which is clearly untrue.

There will be questions asked about how this could have possibly come about. The credibility of FIFA really has to be questioned. Especially if England were considered to be the worst candidates. We clearly put masses of effort into the bid, while the Russian president only seemed interested when they won.

Did money and corruption play a part in the result? Consider also that the winners of he 2022 bid were Qatar – a country who are, like Russia extremely rich with oil, but whose stadiums are far less developed and facilities far less advanced than England’s. Both Russia and Qatar have a big job in building new stadiums, new airports, new stations, and a friendly football environment for visitors; they must do this to justify their wins.

FIFA will say that the countries were chosen because of what they can do in the future, and how much development the country will undergo as a result, but shouldn’t they have chosen the best bid? The BBC may be blamed for their Panorama programme accusing certain FIFA members of corruption, but if there is corruption, it should be sorted; a blind eye should not be turned on corruption in football and FIFA, and this result hasn’t done any good in excluding England.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. LB

    December 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Perhaps you should consider the concerted campaign of racism and vitriol directed at South Africa by England prior to the last WC. We in SA are ecstatic that England lost. What goes around comes around.

  2. Royal_Arsenal11

    December 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    i’m an american, but i absolutely love british football, obviously, arsenal is my favorite team. like yall, i was extremely disappointed that we didnt get our bid for the world cup, and i cannot understand at all why, we sent a legitimate side to south africa (technical skill and passing was awful, i’ll admit, but we got things done, we even managed to draw england) and in addition, we bought more tickets than any country to the matches, besides the host. now, i can completely understand why england did not get a bid, i’m almost certain it had something to do with the fact that yall booed your team off of the field and started throwing blame on players, whether or not it was deserved. i couldnt believe that happened at all, and it does not surprise me in the least that england did not recieve the world cup in 2018.

  3. wow

    December 2, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    when an american says yall. you know right away they aren’t going to talk much sense

    i’m a canadian, but if you could stay behind that england team you were sincerely having a laugh

    the england side form the last world cup was disgusting, i’m usually one for staying on the side of your team, ie Arsenal

    but the england squad is for the most part a disgrace, multi-millionaire players with no passion and almost all of them have no discretion. but that would just be me, i sincerely hate john terry and the like.

    as for the bid, i can’t understand it. for me, fifa are always after the money, that’s been clear for a long time.

  4. nicky

    December 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I’m sorry if this offends but my vote (if I had one) would have gone to Russia. It’s a country where there is much poverty, oppression and racism. The WC will bring an improvement to the infrastructure, sporting facilities and, what is equally important, an influx of the world’s truly free people who will convey to ordinary Russians, what they are missing. I expect great improvements in that land post-2018.

  5. andy

    December 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm


    LB:

    Perhaps you should consider the concerted campaign of racism and vitriol directed at South Africa by England prior to the last WC. We in SA are ecstatic that England lost. What goes around comes around.

    what are you talking about .. the only reason russia and qatar got the worl cup is because its not a democracy at fifa blatter wanted football in odd places .so he got it.. so we now have a world cup with no rail system , that thrives of corruption .. is racist and has no respect for journalists a bit like china i suppose , try being black and gay in russia And qatar you are kidding me…
    SA would have won the bid if they promised blow football blatter wanted it in africa,
    He did not care about bid or the fans .. he just wants to go down in history for the man who took football to anywhere its never been annd will sell it to the highest sponser
    The BBC were right to show the programme .. what you got was the surface corruption .. FIFA is corrupt to the core … to be honest i would be more proud if england pulled out of FIFA and started a new world body .. Sucking up to those 22 corrupt men made my stomach turn.

  6. andy

    December 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm


    nicky:

    I’m sorry if this offends but my vote (if I had one) would have gone to Russia. It’s a country where there is much poverty, oppression and racism. The WC will bring an improvement to the infrastructure, sporting facilities and, what is equally important, an influx of the world’s truly free people who will convey to ordinary Russians, what they are missing. I expect great improvements in that land post-2018.

    Yes and all the money wil go the corruption that makes that country tic.. a world cup wont changet that .. Putin didnt go because he knew it was in the bag .. .. hes promised no visa for any ticket holders… oh dear .. so the means the majority of fans will have to get a visa s they go for the atmosphere .. and wher will they stay .. in over price communist hotels .. please tell me how Russia will improve a rail system that is the left overs of stalins Golag workers… you can not change a rail system in 8 years ..

  7. John

    December 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Absolute rubbish about the wc bringing great things to the russian people. If they had the money to develope the country then it shouldn’t take the wc to bring it out only billionaires with big egos will benefit

  8. ytwokay

    December 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    nicky, don’t fool yourself. The same was said about South Africa, now we sit with elephants…empty stadia and tax payers suffering. Fifa said the will take the WC to all parts of the world and they are doing that and at the end of the day their bank balances are out of this world. England cannot play soccer, but have the infrastructure. They should have got the nod for 2018, but don’t have the money to pay the Blatters

  9. piken79

    December 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    England lost for a few simple reasons…1) you have that sense of entitlement to host the world cup. you think by showing up with your prince, PM & over-hyped-never-was really-any-good beckham you would win. 2) the English are annoying, poking in everyone’s business..critical of everyone and everything. 3) bringing up dirt on those who are suppose to be voting for you a week before the elections will do you no favors. I love the passion of English football but surly the reasons above out-weights your passion.

  10. Bootoomee

    December 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Piken79 is right. imagine a politician calling a set of voters corrupt days before an election and then complain about losing. whatever chance England had, BBC’s panorama blew it with a double barrel gun.

    I laugh at the English habit of calling people out for their misdeeds like they are a nation of saints. Calling FIFA corrupt is like saying J-Lo has a big ass. Everybody knows! Panorama did not do anybody any favours by telling us what we all already know and that happened 2 decades ago. But they were successful in losing £10 billion and lots of jos for the british economy.

  11. Timlos

    December 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    What else do you expect from FIFA (Federation of International Fraudsters Association)?

  12. Swagger

    December 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    To the writer- Yes, England have the hype & facilities but the press are so good at messing things up. They were trying to dig some dirt on the executive members 3 days before the vote. Find the sense in that! The got only 2 votes- thanks to the dirty-nosy media in england.

  13. nicky

    December 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    You bitter no hoper types who think that things in Russia cannot change. You may be right but think on these things. Who would have thought they would see the fall of the Berlin Wall let alone the fall of Communism.
    O ye of little faith.

  14. HD

    December 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    What a load of absolute bs…. normally i hate panorama, trying to cause outrage and scandal where there is no case, but in this circumstance, i can always see the point of uncovering corruption and bribery, even if its a powerful organisation that decides a matter of such importance as a world cup.

    You don’t just shrug your shoulders and say thats the way its always been, reform for FIFA is necessary so that the best bid is not the bid with the least votes from FIFA.

    Also the racist comments and generalisations directed and english people in this thread aren’t vaild, or have any relevance to the english bid, which was, as it happens an extremely accomplished bid.

  15. Dave

    December 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Well, first of all yeah england had the best bid an the best facilities…they could host a world cup next year if they wish!! but this is no reason to believe that hosting the event is their god given right. like someone said earlier, the english are very quick to point out other people’s defects while overlooking their own…they are no saints either. england have a long history of bullying smaller nations and establishing hard conditions in their colonies. they crushed native americans, indians in a horrendous 200-year colonisation. ask indians old enough to remember and they will tell you….

    Everybody knows FIFA are corrupt anyway, so the BBC crusade 3 days before voting was shear stupidity. but yeah, what can we expect from a country whose media can publish damning gossips of their best player a day before a crucial euro quilifier???!!!!

    • HD

      December 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

      What the hell does past history have to do with the world cup bid? Generalisations should never be made about a country, especially when talking about pointing other nations defects, which is what Russia publicly expressed in order to disrupt the englsih bid.

      Like you said, the english bid was the best bid, and they have the best facilities, so surely people can be forgiven for expecting more than 1 vote other than their own – I wouldnt call that a god-given right, i’d call that fair. The decision shouldn’t be based on which nation has the favour of FIFA, for whatever reason…it should be given to the country that would be the best hosts.

  16. andy

    December 3, 2010 at 5:54 am


    nicky:

    You bitter no hoper types who think that things in Russia cannot change. You may be right but think on these things. Who would have thought they would see the fall of the Berlin Wall let alone the fall of Communism.O ye of little faith.

    russia has not changed , its people are still as in much fear as under Stalin . The reason we lost is nothing to do with the Panarama its to do with Fifa . we couldhave offered a million pound to each supporter and still lost . Blatter and his cronies now that they can make lots of back handed money in Russia but not in England.
    We havea free press in uk in russia you get killed if youu say something against the state , try speaking out against the way the way the winter oylmpics is being organised , the only choice you get is what size of box you get buried in .
    Russia is a great country , run by the mafia.

  17. nirro

    December 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

    On an English website about English football bitching about the English in English.

    Honestly?

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