As we have learned already, Brazil will be hosting the 2014 World Cup.
For the rest Mr. Blatter was brief in his opening comments saying notably that, "... football is a school of life where you learn to lose."
To be sure there were losers this day and chief among them was England as the 2018 World Cup will be hosted by Russia.
Also a loser is the United States as Qatar will be hosting the 2022 World Cup.
I'll say that I am half stunned, not in FIFA's choice of Russia as it is clear to me that they were going to punish England for the acts of their press, but am somewhat surprised about the choice of Qatar.
It makes me wonder if FIFA went politically correct run amok as FIFA wants to appease the Middle East, or if FIFA took the time to stick it to the US at the same time.
Stay tuned for more reactions ... as I am sure there will be some significant ones.