So, then, the lowdown on the World Cup bids: On Thursday, in Zurich, Switzerland, the 22 remaining members (two were suspended over allegations of vote-selling) of FIFA’s executive committee will vote on the hosts of both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The ’18 WC will go to Europe, with Russia, England, and joint bids from Holland/Belgium and Spain/Portugal all in the running. Meanwhile, 2022 could see the World Cup return to the U.S., but there’s stiff competition from Qatar and Australia. South Korea and Japan are also candidates for ’22. After years of campaigning and millions spent on bid documents and proposals, it all comes down to today's final presentations and tomorrow's vote. Each bid requires 12 votes to win. If no bidding nation wins outright in the first round (and don’t expect them to), the bid with the lowest number of votes will drop out and another vote will take place. The process is repeated until there’s a winner. Tense? You better believe it. Here’s what you need to know about the odds-on favorites to host the world's most-watched sporting event in 2018 and 2022...

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