OK, so the FIFA HQ is in Zurich NOT Geneva. Anyway.....AND THE WINNER IS....
Following the presentations on Thursday, Dec. 2, each of the FIFA Executive Committee members will vote for their selected host nation for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. The voting process could take several rounds before winners are decided as a majority of 12 votes are required to secure the bid. After the secret ballots are tallied, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will announce the winners. Here’s all you need to know about the announcement for both World Cups:
The announcement is expected at approximately 4 p.m. local (10 a.m. ET which means 7 AM Pacific). FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will open the envelopes to reveal the names of the winners before the live audience in the exhibition center and across the world.
How to Follow:
The event will be carried live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Fox Soccer Channel, FOX Deportes, CNN International and Univision, as well as on FIFA.com.
Apart from Clinton, Landon Donovan (and other US soccer people such as Gulati, Don Garber); the US Attorney General Eric Holder will be in Zurich as well for supporting the bid. That one sounds a bit weird, not sure what his purpose being there is. I suppose it is for convincing FIFA that the law and order situation, security against any terrorists threats will all be handled smoothly.
And last but not the least, a Hollywood entry added to the list as well:
Morgan Freeman (the American who portraied Nelson Mandela in Invictus Rugby World Cup movie). I don't have the faintest clue how much value him being there is going to add. But it is what it is.
All the preparations that needed to be done are done. All the last minute greasing and wheeling and dealing will start now. All assured, come Thursday morning I'll be sitting alert with rabbit pointy ears in front of the TV!