21st FIFA World Cup Finals were awarded to Russia on 2 December 2010.
In October 2007, FIFA ended its
continental rotation policy. Instead countries that are members of the
same confederation as either of the last two tournament hosts are
ineligible. By March 2009, eight countries, with Russia being
the last, declared an interest in hosting the 2018 World Cup,
after England, joint bids from Belgium and the Netherlands and Spain and
Portugal. Mexico and Indonesia withdrew their bids early in the process.
England received two votes in the first round and were thus knocked
out at the first hurdle. Netherlands/Belgium received 4, Spain/Portugal 7
and Russia 9. The second round saw the same placings, with Russia taking
both of the votes England had, as well as two more from the