It would've been nice to have seen a Football World Cup in England I must admit. 44 years and waiting and it will be another generation until there's another opportunity.
I think there can be little doubt that Sepp Blatter, the FIFA President had little enthusiasm for an Enlgish World Cup. Certainly, his association with these Isles have always seemed to have been luke warm to me. The Panorama revelations of last week certainly didn't help and would've given Sepp more power to his elbow.
Horizons New - Eastern Europe & the Middle East
FIFA are clearly keen on expanding their World Cup vision to new, untapped commercial lands. Their giving the 2010 World Cup to South Africa was controversial at the time but it turned out to be an excellent competition with security concerns allayed.
Not we're looking eastwards at Russia for 2018 and quite incredibly, Qatar in 2022.
Did Russia use their 'resources' to ensure that they won the vote? Quite probably. What about Qatar? It's as much of a gamble for FIFA as choosing South Africa had been or as it had been for the IOC when they chose China to host the 2008 Olympic Games.
The questions about human rights will arise from the Qatari bid and indeed the 'mafia' culture that is said to exist in Russia should've held more sway with those who voted right? Well, clearly not. The commercial call is a powerful one and breaking into new territories has been the way with FIFA for some time now since they broke into Asia with the Japan/South Korea World Cup in 2002.