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Russians celebrate the announcement that their country will host the 2018 World Cup

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People celebrate at a sports bar in Moscow, Dec. 2, 2010, after the announcement that Russia is going to be host nation for the 2018 World Cup. Russia won the right to put on the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will stage the 2022 finals, both first-time hosts, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.

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Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, left, and CEO Russia 2018 Bid Committee Alexei Sorokin celebrate after the announcement in Zurich, Switzerland.

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A young man holding a Russian flag hands out free national flags to motorists in downtown Moscow, to celebrate the selection of Russia as host to the 2018 World Cup.