Russia will host the 2018 FIFA World cup and Qatar the 2022.
Woooo..was the first reaction as I followed the developments since morning, all the hype around England and its chances were rocked in a second.
While I was disappointed for the English fans, what struck me the most were two things the low profile kept by Russian leaders and media and the speech of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
While the British media has been going gaga over the FAB THREE and the chances they have and what they can offer, it was absolute contrast to what the BBC correspondent in Russia mentioned. World cup bid was mere news brief across Russia.
The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin decided to stay away, which was interpreted by some section in British media as a boost to the home country’s chances.
The guest on BBC from Russia minutes before the decision said that his country deserves the chance to host the spectacle and that he was confident they can put all things in place by 2018.
This for me was something that would have done the trick.
Secondly the speech though was short but was remarkable. Blatter said Football was a school of life and you learn to lose and the losers should not ‘say what a pity’. Very strong message put across as precisely as he could have.
Another surprise was 2022 host Qatar, the small country will host the biggest sporting extravaganza will be a stepping stone for the country. Amazing was the reaction of the commentator and I echoed. Their message was ‘expect amazing’ and they did exactly the same.
Kudos to the winners and will look forward to the coverage to follow.