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    Russia will host the 2018 World Cup, the FIFA Executive Committee in Switzerland's Zurich announced on Thursday.

    Russia will host the 2018 World Cup, the FIFA Executive Committee in Switzerland's Zurich announced on Thursday.

    Russia won the bid for the first time in history after a tight race against England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).

    In two rounds of voting, Russia secured 22 votes. Spain and Portugal came in second place with 14 votes, followed by the Netherlands and Belgium and then England.

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