How Russia won the World Cup

Princes, prime ministers and presidents were sent to boost bids from competing nations – but Fifa was playing its own game.By Ken BensingerOn 8 June 2010, three days before the kickoff of the World Cup in South Africa, envoys from Russia and England stood outside a meeting room in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre, nervously waiting to make their pitch to host the 2018 tournament.Their audience: elected representatives of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, or Concacaf. Fifa’s 208 member associations, each governing soccer in their countries,...

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By: The Guardian - 6 days ago

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