What I can say, to be honest I wanted Dutch/Holland to win but congratulations, and I am also glad USA missed out.
As an American soccer fan, I don't think America deserves to host the world cup again. That said, I think Qatar was a ridiculous choice. The best it can offer is that it will throw money at the world cup and be the first country in the middle-east to host the world cup. Problem with the middle-east is that there just aren't many countries with good fan support (not to mention that all the rich ones are monarchies). You have to go as far east as Iran to find a country with good fan support and a decent football team (and as much as FIFA claims to be politically neutral I don't think a world cup in Iran is happening). I think Australia would have had been the obvious choice here, as South Korea's and Japan's bids were good, but they only recently jointly hosted the world cup.What I can say, to be honest I wanted Dutch/Holland to win but congratulations, and I am also glad USA missed out.
I thought all along Russia was the obvious choice. You have a country that is relatively safe in terms of infrastructure and stadium construction, but still manage to have the world cup in an area that has never had the world cup before. Besides, i'm extremely happy about England losing the world cup bid, especially how it went out in the first round. :howler: All along the British press and fans have had a sense of entitlement, and they are just so arrogant about everything football related, wether it is their national team in 2010 (even us Americans made them look like buffoons) or the English Premier League, or getting to host the 2018 world cup. And I was totally expecting them to whine about corruption and all if the world cup didn't go to them.What I find a shame is the English calling it a fix. The night before England and Russia were the two favourites. But England suddenly dropped to last place the next day and its all a big conspiracy! "What changed over night" they are moaning, Eh, hooligans invading the pitch in a top flight league match leathering hell out the Police and throwing pyrotechics into the crowd...yes, lets have a world cup in England! Your own fault, no fix! It will be great in Russia, and safer too
I should have said England. I have nothing against Scotland, Wales, or occupied Ireland.Also ummonk, bog off eh? You say the "British press" are bigging up "their" national team, well I say invest in some brains and learn that there is no British national team, there is England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, each country has it's own press, and I don't remember the Daily Record predicting Scotland would qualify for Euro 2012, never mind win the World Cup...
I loved it when Mladen Petric scored at Wembley to knock England out! Petric for CSKA in January?:kiss:I may have to take Wales back because I remember Robbie Savage basically asking how dare Wales lose to those minnows Montenegro :howler:
The thing I hate about England is they rarely give their opponents any respect, especially if they are not Spain, Brazil, Argentina or the other powers. They cannot accept poor results against the likes of Croatia, Russia, Montenegro, Algeria for some reason, when all these sides are probably more technical than England but don't have the hype machine around them
I am pale looking compared to most caucasians but I really hope government starts to do that action or FIFA may sanctionDo you go to Brazil, then?
Russia by the time will change a lot. But if someone has the "southern local" feature, it's strongly recommended not to travel apart from, say, England's supporter groups.
It's not just racisms and violence. Authorities will not give a damn on suspicious-looking foreigners/locals during the tournament. Serious.