FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.
FIFA's Executive Committee members voted for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup, while Qatar were awarded the right to host the world's biggest football tournament in 2022.
"We will travel to two completely new countries. There has never been a World Cup in Russia or elsewhere in Eastern Europe," Blatter was quoted as saying by reporters.
"Additionally, nations from the Middle East and the Arabic world have long been waiting to get the chance to host the World Cup.
"This being said, I'm clearly a satisfied man at the moment. Football is moving in the right direction and these decisions make me a happy FIFA president."