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Russia Wants to Score Big in World Cup Bid

13. October 2009 by James 0 Comments

Even though the hearts of Russians were ripped out by a 1-0 loss to Germany on Saturday, Russian officials pressed forth and revealed their goal to bring the biggest event on the planet to Russia. They unveiled Russia’s aggressive plan to host either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup would transform the country and prove to the world that it is an elite nation.

 

Big Plans

The plan would bring significant infrastructure improvements to districts that need it.  Under the plan most of the cities would receive new luxury hotels, international airports, hospitals, mass transit and road improvements, and of course stadiums. In fact only one stadium, Moscow's 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, meets current FIFA regulations to host international matches.  A grand total of 10 stadiums would be refurbished and 5 brand new stadiums would be built including one in St. Petersburg and two in Moscow that would be used by club teams Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow.

 

Where

Since it is the largest country in the world, spanning two continents, and 11 time zones, Russia has pledged to host the tournament in its European territory. The plans include 15 stadiums in 14 host cities in five areas: north, south, central, Ural Mountain region and Volga River region.

 

Good Hosts

Within the last few years, Russia ambition to be looked upon as one of the world’s privileged nations has lead the government to host such events as the Eurovision Song Contest, the 2008 Champions League Final and the 2014 Olympics.  Brazil, host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, is the only other country that comes close to the aggressiveness in hosting big international events in so such a short time span.

 

The Competition

Just like playing in the World Cup, bidding to host the tournament is no easy process. Russia is just one of nine nations in the running to host the tournament in either year. Russia faces stiff, strong competition from the United States, England, Australia, Japan, along with joint bids from Spain and Portugal, and the Netherlands and Belgium. South Korea and Qatar are bidding for 2022 only.  The United States, England, Japan and South Korea have hosted the World Cup previously and will only need minor infrastructure improvements compared to Russia.

 

Russia and the rest of the world will find out who scores and who gets the boot on December. 2, 2010, when FIFA announces its choice.