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Russia To Host 2018 World Cup

FIFA, the world organizing body of soccer around the world, and the organizer of the world's biggest tournament - the World Cup - announced the host countries for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.  The United States had put on a full court press for the 2022 event, hoping to bring the tournament back to the U.S. for the first time since 1994.

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Announced just minutes to go, FIFA has declared Russia the winners of the 2018 World Cup to loud applause from the Russian contingent.  Russia beat out a group of four countries that included England, Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium.

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We'll update this post when the 2022 winner is announced.

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