The FIFA Executive Committee has announced that Russia will play host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Twenty two members of the FIFA ExCo voted on bids submitted by Russia, England, Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium.
After an anxious wait and with the world’s press watching, World Cup president Joseph S. Blatter revealed that it was Russia who had been selected as the 2018 FIFA World Cup host.
Commenting on the result Blatter said: “I have to say thanks to to the Executive Committee of FIFA because for 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East. So, I'm a happy President when we speak of the development of football.
"But I have to give big compliments to all the bidders for the big job they have done and the messages they have delivered. All have delivered the message that football is more than just a game. Football is not only about winning; it is also a school of life where you must learn to lose, and that is not easy.”
Igor Shuvalov, Russia's's deputy prime minister, was quick to reassure the footballing world that his country is up to the challenge saying: “You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I can promise that you will never regret it. Let us make history together.”
The committee also selected Qatar as host country for the 2022 edition of the tournament.