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FIFA World Cup: Russia Should Not Be Hosting the Event in 2018

Sepp Blatter Pulls Russia's Name Out Of The Envolope
Sepp Blatter Pulls Russia's Name Out Of The EnvolopeLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Daniel GoochAnalyst IDecember 2, 2010

Russia has been declared host nation for the 2018 World Cup Finals. Why?

England should have received the votes. I know I'm biased, but I don't care.

FIFA president Joseph S. (Sepp) Blatter has said that England could host a World Cup tomorrow. If that is the case, why can't we host it in eight years?

Even in his speech before announcing the host country, he was saying things like, "the home of football," when it comes to the England bid.

The Russian bid didn't even have the best backing. The deputy prime minister of Russia was there, whereas the English prime minister turned up to get more support.

England has countless stadiums that can cope with the large amount of fans. Russia does have good stadiums, but imagine this...

You went to see your country play a game in Moscow...then their next match is in Vladivostok. So you have to travel the 5,778 miles to get there.

England isn't even 500 miles long!

If you look outside your window right now, there may be a layer of snow on the grass. Come summer 2018, that may be the case in the Russian stadiums.

I can't help thinking that with all the corruption in FIFA that has been exposed, maybe some bad men in Russia have been a bit sneaky with some of the officials.

If you say Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool anywhere in the world, people will know what you're talking about. But if you say Lokomotiv Moscow, Amkar Perm or Khimki, most people wouldn't have a clue. 

Russia is also know for its hooliganism and club gangs. Is this really the type of environment that parents should be taking their children to?

There are so many reasons why Russia shouldn't have received the 2018 World Cup, but  they did.

All I can say is that I hope that the 2018 World Cup is a failure (for Russia) and that England wins the tournament. Childish and unrealistic? So what.

At the end of the day, I'm just glad that Qatar is finally getting the brand new 90,000-seater stadiums they so desperately need.

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