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And the host country of World Cup 2018 is ...

Russia Gets Next World Cup, And Putin's Doing It Big

Well, if you're a soccer fan, some of the pep goes out of your step, and life becomes a little less magical.

But if you're Vladimir Putin, it just means one more thing you have to worry about now.

That's because Russia is hosting the next World Cup in 2018, and in classic Putin style, they're doing it big.

Just in case anyone's forgotten, Russia - under Putin's direction - spent $50 billion to put on the Sochi Games this past winter.

Now, according to NBC, Putin is only planning on spending $20 billion on the Russian World Cup - which is still almost double Brazil's record-setting price tag.

ABC reports that money will go to building a proposed eight new stadiums, as well as all the accompanying infrastructure.

RT: "Of the 12 stadiums to be used, four aren't yet under construction. They're in Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara."

But wait, isn't Russia already heavily invested in the ongoing deadly military conflict with neighboring Ukraine? Yes, yes, it is.

CNN reports "Russia with a stern warning for Ukraine, threatening irreversible consequences after a Russian man was killed in a cross-border shooting."

Fox News mentions "Fourteen Ukrainian soldiers, including a general, were killed when their helicopter was shot down."

The Wall Street Journal mentions "Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine kills at least 23 government soldiers and border guards and wounds 93, marking one of the deadliest days for Kiev. "

Not just that, but the BBC reports Russia has also upped its overall military spending by 50 percent over the past five years.

Nevertheless, Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was recently quoted in the press saying the Ukrainian conflict wouldn't affect the 2018 World Cup. (Via Getty Images)

We're obviously still a ways from 2018, but even if the conflict hasn't wound down by then, it wouldn't be the first time a World Cup has come on the heels of an armed military conflict.

The Guardian points out the 1982 World Cup in Spain started just one day after the Falklands War between Argentina and England, who both participated in the tournament, drew to a close.

Russia and Ukraine's soccer teams have actually only played each other twice, with one match ending in a draw and the other a win for the Ukrainians.

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Yobrave July 15 2014 at 12:17 PM

Soooo....Which other country is Putin going to take over this time to pay for FIFA's demands???

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mfg.mojave July 15 2014 at 10:41 AM

Curious as to which country Russia will invade right after the World Cup!

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tanddhoob mfg.mojave July 15 2014 at 11:56 AM

Yah, the U.S. has already invaded so many countries that Russia will have a hard time finding one.

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BlueEyedJetsFan tanddhoob July 15 2014 at 1:08 PM


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manhattantrophy mfg.mojave July 15 2014 at 1:47 PM

Hey tanddhoob...go eff yourself you ignorant piece of s---

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jurmik July 15 2014 at 10:29 AM

Mr Putin, congratulations, the world already is expecting...spasiba!

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mlaurel58 July 15 2014 at 10:02 AM

Yawn....I'd rather watch sideburns grow. Most Americans stop watching soccer when their youngest kid or grandkid quits playing it.

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tevez128 July 15 2014 at 4:21 PM

**** you haters chupenme la pija gringos hijos de puta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Claudio Basconsuelo tevez128 July 15 2014 at 6:32 PM


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mlaurel58 tevez128 July 15 2014 at 10:17 PM

This gringo says KMA.

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brave1b3 July 15 2014 at 8:50 AM

Thankfuly they only have his over-rated,boring and over-blown garbage once every 4 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Frank July 15 2014 at 4:23 PM

Thank God its not going to be here. We have enough illegals running around the country without allowing Soccor players and their fans into the US.

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luigi1947 Frank July 15 2014 at 4:31 PM

are you finished or are there more zingers in store for us?

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manhattantrophy July 15 2014 at 1:44 PM

So, in other words, to host the WC, you now have to be a poor country, which runs down your citizens, steals from them and has a high tax rate on the people that do work? Should be no problem to get the WC here in 2022 if Hilary gets elected since thats where we are headed

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tevez128 manhattantrophy July 15 2014 at 4:18 PM

******* looser!!!!!!! idiot!!

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gcarlson007 July 15 2014 at 3:18 PM

Well, let's hope nothing falls down!

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dnorman460 July 15 2014 at 2:16 PM

Well at least we dont have to pretend like soccer for 4 more years

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