And so the face paint runs

2 12 2010
So there we have it, England have lost the world cup and football won’t be coming home. Of course it’s all a fix and FIFA are corrupt (something they didn’t care about until today). It was Panorama what cost us and them bloody hooligans last night. Or to put it into the words of a Jet Set facebook acquaintance;
“Platini & Blater you money grabbin whores i hope both and your families die in excrutiating pain preferably in an acid bath damn you Fifa and your corrupt ways”
We’re struggling to think why hosting the world cup matters so much anyway but then we’re different, we don’t vote for celebrities in jungles or karaoke singers either. Anyhow,  here’s how the BBC reported it. You have to laugh at the emotional idiots out there, to think they let these people vote in general elections!!
1725: This is where I sign off folks. It’s been a long day, and I wish I could say it’s been a great day. In fact, for English football it’s been a disaster: The 2018 World Cup will be in Russia, not England and I suspect we have not even started to find out the full reasons why. Plenty more fall-out to come tonight too, but I will be leaving you in the capable hands of Sam Lyon to take you through all of that, not to mention Steaua Bucharest v Liverpool in the Europa League too. He’s so keen, he’s already started his text commentary, right here.

 1712: Full results of 2022 voting:

Round 1: Australia1 vote, Japan 3 votes, US 3 votes, South Korea 4 votes and Qatar 11 votes.

Round 2: Japan 2 votes, South Korea 5 votes, US 5 votes and Qatar 10 votes.

Round 3 South Korea 5 votes, US 6 votes and Qatar 11 votes.

Round 4 US 8 votes and Qatar 14 votes (Qatar obtain absolute majority)

1710: Russia actually got 13 votes in round two. My mistake. Still doesn’t explain those floating voters though…  

1703: So two people who voted for Netherlands/Belgium in round one then switched allegiances to Russia in round two even though Neth/Bel were still involved. I don’t really understand that. 1657: Full results of 2018 voting:

Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes.

Round 2: Netherlands/Belgium 2 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtain absolute majority)

1654: If I’m honest, I’m a little bit crushed by today’s events, and I’m betting you lot are too (unless you are from Russia or Qatar of course). The England 2018 bid team are similarly devastated, understandably, with bid leader Andy Anson saying “I’m just gutted. We were quietly confident we’d go all the way.” Prime Minister David Cameron, who was part of an impressive England presentation on Thursday morning, added: “It is bitterly disappointing. I think according to Fifa we had the best technical bid, the best commercial bid. No-one could identify any risks coming to England. “It turns out that’s not enough.”
AdrianGrace on Twitter: “Maybe we should just give it a rest till 2066 and go for the sympathy vote.”
From Steve in Liverpool, via text: “Part of me understands why Russia were awarded the 2018 World Cup but the other part of me cannot understand why and how England’s bid came fourth. Stunned by that decision considering I firmly believed we had the strongest bid. As for Qatar 2022, well I’m lost for words. The only way we can respond to Fifa is by winning the World Cup in Russia! Come on England.”
BBC producer Joan Soley, in Washington DC: “When the word ‘Qatar’ was spoken, American fans watching the big screens at the Newseum (a “news museum”) were simply stunned – no booing or tears, but disbelief; and then a minute later, every face shows honest disappointment.”
1635: The debate over why England missed out and Russia (and Qatar) succeeded will go on and on. For now, we can only guess at the reasons why. The chief excutive of England’s bid, Andy Andson, says: “Given the assurances from Fifa delegates I’m staggered that we went out in the first round of voting”.
Former England captain and bid ambassador David Beckham: “We didn’t get enough votes at the end of the day and that’s obviously what we needed, what we hoped we would get. We believe we put ourselves in the best position but a lot of hard work has been done also by the Prime Minister and Prince William. The whole bid team has been exceptional. Apologies we couldn’t bring the World Cup to our country. There’s no more passionate fans in the world than England.
1622: It turns out it was a landslide for Russia. They won by reaching an absolute majority of 12 votes from the 22 voting members of Fifa’s executive committee after only two rounds.

1615: It hasn’t been the day we wanted it to be, has it? England weren’t even close, which is even harder to take. It gets worse too. The failure to win the 2018 tournament means it will be 2030 at the earliest before the World Cup comes back to England. That is 64 years of hurt.

From Richard in Leigh on Sea, via text: “I’m glad that Russia were successful. We are lucky enough to live in a well developed country. The benefit to Russia and its people will be far greater than what it would be to us and they need it more. To be bitter would only show our selfishness. Congratulations and good luck to Russia.” 
From BBC Brazil’s Anelise Infante in Madrid: “Bitter disappointment here amongst Spanish fans: “A done deal… pure theatre by Fifa… Prime Minister Zapatero and the economic crisis to blame…”
From BBC Russia’s Pavel Bandakov in Zurich: “UNBELIEVABLE – this is the reaction from the Russian sector of media centre here in Zurich.”
England bid ambassador and BBC pundit Alan Shearer on England’s failure to clinch the 2018 World Cup: “We heard a rumour two or three minutes before we sat down in the auditorium that we hadn’t been successful. Congratulations to Russia, they had a fantastic bid but it is hard to swallow right now. The way our presentation went this morning with the guys who got up and spoke – they were absolutely magnificent. You have to think that if we couldn’t get it this time, when are we going to get it? I am not sure we could have done any more, everybody was happy with the bid we put togeth and we worked so hard.It’s sad and it hurts but we have to congratulate the winners.”
Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Russia winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup: “I am sure that to organise the World Cup in that region, or that continent, it will do a lot of good for this part of the world.” 
1549: England bid ambassador and BBC presenter Gary Lineker has confirmed that England were knocked out in the first round of voting. They came fourth out of four. I’m stunned.

England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: “Wow Russia will host the World Cup 2018….soooo gutted. What more could we have done? What did we do wrong?”


1536: Here we go… 
1535: He just does not want to open that envelope does he? 
1534: Sepp is not exactly in a hurry here… 
1531: Forget those rumours for a moment. Here is Fifa president Sepp Blatter, with the envelope of truth for the 2018 World Cup.  
Lil_Geeee on Twitter: “I’m so nervous, I really believe England should get this!!! The World Cup needs to be here, we are football!”
1518: Some interesting news. Fifa have changed their mind and will reveal all the voting figures – round by round – later on today. So we will get some transparency, no matter what the outcome is for England. 
1515: The wait is almost over. The announcement of the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will take place within the next 10 minutes.
MaximHarper on Twitter: “England IS football, and England deserves the honour of hosting the beautiful game the nation relishes on! Bring it on!”
BBC producer Joan Soley, in Washington DC: “I’m in a crowd of about 200 people eagerly watching the two-story tall screen at the at the Newseum building. In contrast to elsewhere, there is a noticeable lack of tension in the room – instead, a sea of smiling faces awaiting the outcome of the US 2022 bid.” 
1505: The BBC understands that voting has now finished.
From BBC Russia’s Rafael Saakov in Moscow: “Minutes to go and I’m in a Moscow pub with Russian fans – most of them telling me they’re “optimistic”.” 
England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: “Give us the World Cup please Mr Blatter, I’ll sort u free tickets 2 games I swear down!!” 
From Dean in Luton, via text: “As much as I’d love to see it here, if Fifa want to prove this is a global game and have a lasting effect worldwide, Russia and Qatar should be the hosts. It’s the World Cup, let’s take it around the world. ” 

howrdl on Twitter: “This reminds me of GCSE results day except, you know, this actually means something.”  

1405: Right then. We now have less than an hour to go until Sepp Blatter opens those envelopes (not that I am counting the hours, minutes or seconds). The suspense is killing me.
From Kris in Leicester, via text: “I just did my own round by round calculation and had us losing to Spain and Portugal in the final round. It was 11-11 but they won courtesy of Sepp Blatter’s vote.” 

1346: We haven’t had much in the way of info from Zurich since the presentations ended – blame Fifa’s secret ballot for that. But, with just over an hour to go until the winners are announced, here’s some breaking news – and it is quite encouraging too. BBC Sport’s editor David Bond says a Fifa executive committee member has told him that England’s presentation has made a “big difference”. How big? We will have to wait and see… 
From smellslikesalmon on 606: “Yes, Paul the Octopus would come in really handy during this nervous wait. Deep fried, wedge of lemon, chilled glass of sauvignon blanc… never fails to ease the tension.”
From I was George Bests Left Foot on 606: “Paul the Octopus will turn in his grave if his final prediction that England will host the World Cup in 2018 doesn’t materialise.” 

robingoepel on Twitter: “I’m so nervous! Just watched the video of London winning the 2012 Olympics. It’d be amazing to experience that feeling again.” 
From Peter in Liverpool, via text: “If England pull this off, David Beckham should receive a knighthood. His influence over the last few days and his emotional speech today, which certainly put a lot of the other countries committee members to shame, has turned our bid from an also ran to a front runner. Arise Sir David.”
1238: If you are in any way cynical about the voting process then you should read BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce’s blog about the bidding war for the 2006 World Cup – and how it showed that no vote is ever a done deal. Pearce explains: “Late at night on the eve of the vote, it all changed. The four Asian members of the executive committee were angry with Sepp Blatter about the amount of slots their countries were being given at the next World Cup. They had told him they were switching their support from South Africa to Germany in protest. In one evening, the pendulum had swung away from South Africa. It was a major upset.” 
From Martin in Wigan, via text: “Our bid is superior and I think we have done enough. The passion shown from David Beckham, the Prime Minister and Prince William all attending and all putting on a united front for England showing how our country feels about this was outstanding!”
BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar in Zurich on Twitter: “England win the battle of the presentations, with Russia second, Belgium and Netherlands third, Iberia distant 4th. Any relation to vote?”

From BBC Brazil’s Anelise Infante in Madrid: “Spanish fans are complaining about England’s presentation showing Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. “He’s OURS!”, shouts a group of supporters here in Madrid. “It’s not fair!”.”  

1139: Time for the final Russian video clip. Footballs are dropping out of the sky all over the country, to the bemusement of a camel. 

1127: Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has just been on stage, and provided a lot more charisma on her own than the entire Spain/Portugal bid could manage. Now it’s Andrey Arshavin’s turn, and he is just as emotional as David Beckham was earlier. The Arsenal star wipes away the tears from his eyes and says “believe in us, believe in Russia”.


BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar in Zurich on Twitter: “Russia having fun. Good map showing western Europe leading 10-0 over Eastern Europe in hosting World Cups.” 
1120: Another video by the Russians. It’s about their stadia. Not sure if this is a dream, or real? 
1113: Brilliant. The young lad is about to score the winning goal for Russia (against Italy) in the 2018 World Cup final when he is woken up by his mother. Turns out it was all a dream. It had me fooled. 
1110: For all of you that have asked, I’ll let you know as soon as the England presentation is available to watch again on this website. In the meantime, Russia are showing a video about what hosting the 2018 tournament will mean to a young boy. Lots of travelling, and ball-juggling by the looks of things.
1108: A bit of a dig at Spain/Portugal by Alexey Sorokin, the chief executive of Russia’s bid, in his opening gambit. He tells Fifa they had two options for this pitch, either boring them to death with facts and figures or showing them what they have in their hearts. They have gone for the latter, which is a relief.
From BBC Russia’s Rafael Saakov in Moscow: “Headlines in Russian morning newspapers: ‘Russia in 2018 – it’s our chance!’ and ‘If we get through to the second round, we can win’.” 
From Lukas, via text: “Netherlands/Belgium – pure comedy. Spain/Portugal – drab, boring and nervous. Come on England, the only serious contender – let’s do it again!!!” 
From Nicola in Portsmouth, via text: “Football so proud. We did our best. We should be proud whatever way this goes. But gosh, don’t we deserve to win it after that?! Amazing.”
From BBC Brazil’s Jair Rattner in Lisbon: “A Portuguese commentator on Channel TV1 is claiming the English presentation is inferior to the Iberian one: “To say the best players are in England should be called blasphemy.”  
From Rob in Rotherham, via text: “Wow that was passionate from Becks, almost tears in my eyes. Come on England… Come on Fifa!”

1029: An emotional David Beckham talks about the influence that Sir Bobby Charlton has had on his career, and also his late grandad Joe, who died a year ago today at the age of 83 when Beckham was about to fly out to South Africa for the draw for the 2010 World Cup. The former England captain then explains how having the 2018 World Cup in England can affect future generations just as much. “Just imagine what we can achieve together.”


ConnorArmstrong on Twitter: “Isn’t it just great to see everyone coming together as one? United, City, Wenger and Fergie, England United-World Invited!”

From Paul in Christchurch, via text: “Watching this with a lump in my throat! Come on Fifa, give it to us!”
1022: Premier League managers Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and Roberto Mancini all feature in the next video… as well as Sir Alex Ferguson. From pitches to medical facilities, they say England has the best set-up in the world.
1020: Andy Anson says a record 28m fans will be able to experience the World Cup in England, thanks to easily accessible fan fests, and accommodation will be easily affordable for all. 
1019: David Cameron promised Fifa that England would deliver “the most spectacular World Cup in history“. Here’s Andy Anson, the bid’s chief executive, to explain to Fifa exactly why England would be the right choice.

1017: Here’s the first video from England, with Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ as the soundtrack. It’s got ‘beautiful day’ in the lyrics so I see what they did there. Plenty of passion on display, from foreign players in the Premier League and fans all around the world, and a cameo appearance from Rio Ferdinand at the end too. 
1013: More from David Cameron: “We can provide a home crowd for every team, and every fan in every one of our cities will feel at home.” He’s also promising Fifa that England will put on a great show – “every day will be a beautiful day“.
1011: Here is Prime Minister David Cameron to hammer home how the whole nation is behind England’s World Cup bid. He says: “Today, we just want to convince you of one thing, that England is the right host for 2018.”
1008: Prince William, president of the Football Association, takes over. HRH says having a World Cup in England will change the lives of people like Eddie, all over the world. He manages to mention his forthcoming wedding too – so far, so good.
1005: Eddie Afekafe, who works with Manchester City on their community football programmes, opens England’s bid. He’s talking about the opportunities afforded to him by football – and how hosting the World Cup will change the lives of millions of people like him.  

dannytotman on Twitter: “Re 0946. No pressure boys, the hope of English footy fans rest on your shoulders, hopefully performance is better than on the pitch!”

From anon, via text: “Just fell off my chair after dozing off to the Iberian bid. Let’s hope Becks can charm the pants off them.”
0932: Blast, I’m not even sure we are going to see Eusebio now. The Iberian presentation is still going on, but it hasn’t got any better. Pedro Mourinho is wrapping things up, I think, but he is dragging things out a bit. 
0925: Ah, here’s Gilberto Madail, the Iberian bid deputy president. Sadly, it doesn’t look like he is going to liven up proceedings. It’s all down to Eusebio, I think… 
0910: Here’s the first Iberian video. No sign of the Monkees so far, but lots of clips from the last World Cup – mostly of Spain, understandably. 
0907: Jose Luiz Rodriguez claims Spain and Portugal enjoy 300 days of sunshine each year. Might be tricky for England to compete with that…
0905: Jose Socrates, who sounds like he should be a pretty handy footballer, says the Spain/Portugal bid is a global one, not just for Europe. He points at the close relations both countries have with South America, Africa and Asia, and says they have top-class infrastructure already in place. Hard to argue with that last point in regard to stadia.
0857: Former Football Association executive David Davies says he has gone from believing England might win the 2018 bid last week, to now feeling they would secure the tournament. “I do believe the good news here is very few people would doubt that the England bid has momentum, and that could take England home here,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

0840: As I’m sure you have heard, there were some unsavoury clashes between rival fans following Wednesday’s Carling Cup quarter-final between Birmingham and Aston Villa. Will it affect England’s 2018 World Cup chances? BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar thinks not: “My view – last night’s crowd trouble doesn’t hurt England’s bid. England given credit by Fifa for tackling hooliganism. Global problem.” 
oscrisp on Twitter: “For the 2018 bid, if England don’t win, I think the best World Cup would be Spain/Portugal. For 2022, its gotta be USA or Oz.” 

0834: Some clever use of some legendary players (and innovative editing) there to show the impact that the Netherlands and Belgium have had on past World Cups, but with an up-to-date environmental message too, and an emphasis on how much fun fans will have in the Low Countries. The next contenders to make their presentation will be Spain/Portugal at 0900 GMT – will we see the Monkees feature in their pitch too? 
0828: The Dutch/Netherlands bid say their World Cup will be the greenest ever, with 2m bikes provided to help fans cycle around. Ruud Gullit, wrapping up, says “this is not a gimmick, it is the way our people travel”. He then points at a map of Europe to show that all their neighbours have hosted World Cups – now they want their turn.  
0820: Hmmm. Here’s something I didn’t expect to see. A ‘comedy’ video clip showing Guus Hiddink and his various World Cup adventures with various nations over the past couple of decades, with the Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’ as the backing track.
From Scott in Hertfordshire, via text: “Come on England. I hope we do win it but I’m not too convinced we will – but we weren’t favourites to host the Olympics in 2012 so anything is possible!”
0815: Johan Cruyff concentrated on the legacy of the tournament, now legendary Belgian goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff is here to explain how the Low Countries will provide a unique experience for fans. Safety seems to be a big part of their bid – Ruud Gullit mentioned it earlier too.

SeanCartwright6 on Twitter: “What a few years of sport it would be if we get the World Cup. London 2012 followed by England 2018.”
0802: The Dutch/Belgians are showing some cracking vintage video featuring Johan Cryuff being interviewed in the 1970s, but cleverly dubbed so he is talking about why their 2018 bid should be successful.  

0748: Yep, the race for the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is almost over. 

0745 GMT: So, this is it. It’s finally here – the day we find out whether football will be coming home in 2018.




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