Russia and Qatar have been selected as the hosting nations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup soccer tournaments, FIFA announced today. Neither country has hosted the event before. The BBC reports:

The Russian bid was picked ahead of England, Spain-Portugal and Holland-Belgium to host the 2018 event.

Qatar got the better of the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea to stage in 2022.

South Africa hosted this summer's tournament, and Brazil will host the games in 2014.

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