4 Dec 2010

Russia and Qatar led all the way

6:16 am on 4 December 2010

Russia and Qatar both led in every round of voting by the FIFA executive committee which awarded them the right to host the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups.

Russia won an absolute majority on the second round of voting for 2018 against European rivals England and the joint-bids of Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal.

England were eliminated after the first round with only two votes from the 22-strong committee.

Qatar led on each of four rounds against their rivals, finally obtaining an absolute majority in the final round against the United States, which they won by 14 votes to eight.

Australia went out in the first round, Japan in the second and South Korea in the third.