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Russia Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has revealed his honour at Russia being selected to host the 2018 World Cup finals.
The nation beat off competition from England, Holland/Belgium and Spain/Portugal to host the finals, as chosen by Fifa's 22-man executive committee in Zurich.
Although Russia now have a huge stadium building project on their hands, Putin has promised to deliver the new venues on time and built to the 'highest standards'.
Putin insists Russia won the fight fair and square, despite England securing just two votes in the first round.
The Russian supremo is keen to show off his country to the world and has confirmed incentives to ensure stadiums are full while also guaranteeing free travel between venues.
"Ladies and gentlemen each bid is very special and significant," he said on Sky Sports News.
"Each bid is a challenge and we're honoured to win in this tough and fair fight.
"You can take my word for it that the 2018 World Cup will be up to the highest standards.
"New modern stadiums and facilities will be built in time and to perfection.
"We are eager to do our best to secure the comfort and safety of our guests.
"We also have a couple of offers. You'll know about it. Free entry and free of charge trip between cities.
"Besides, you get to know Russia. A unique country with a long history and rich country. Not bad, not bad at all.
"Thank you for supporting Russia. Together, together let us make sure that football promotes fair play, tolerance and honour."
You have to laugh it will be a case of "out of the frying pan" (Russia) and "into the fire" (Qatar)! They will have to play the games at midnight in Qatar because the heat will effect the players in the day time! 2026 for the Moon world cup...FIFA promise it to be out of this world!!!
Posted 13:39 3rd December 2010
Well, I don't think it is fair to criticise their bid due to the travel, most teams will not have to travel far till after the grop stages, but the behaviour of supporters is an issue and should not have been rewarded by giving them the world cup, although it might be just what the country needs to bring them up to date with most civilised people.
Posted 13:08 3rd December 2010
The very fact that Putin had to quote 'a fair fight' in the acceptance speech just about says it all. Corruption, lies and all that goes with it, to the very highest of standards.
Posted 09:42 3rd December 2010
What about all the problems for fans travelling. They refused alot of Manchester United and Chelsea fans in Moscow in 2008 because of visa regulations and said if they have match tickets which mach there passports that will count as visa for the day. Doubt that will happen for the millions flyin in from around the World
Posted 08:17 3rd December 2010
I am very happy for Russia.At least we need a change,a new experience.Life goes on!It does not matter the world cup was hosted in Africa,Russia keep it up :-)
Posted 01:20 3rd December 2010
im not sure how fair it was after FIFA gave England top marks in every technical aspect but missed to actually vote for England to host the world cup.
Posted 00:08 3rd December 2010
Wonder how putin will sort out the racism? how many black players play in russia? and when they do how much racist chants do they get?? and the travel may be free to stadiums but how long will that take, some cities are 4 hours flight from each other?
Posted 22:24 2nd December 2010
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