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    How the World Cup Was ‘Won’

    “This is the end of FIFA.” That’s how the organization’s then-secretary general described the future for soccer’s governing body after it awarded hosting rights to Russia in 2010. England — better prepared and more suited for the global contest — seemed a shoo-in for the bid, but Russiagate sleuth Christopher Steele told U.K. officials that Russia had looted its own Hermitage Museum for priceless paintings it traded for votes. Asked why he’d promised England his vote but then chose Russia, influential FIFA member Jack Warner responded, “Who is going to stop us?”

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