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Thursday marks the end of a long and vicious battle for hosting rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but Japan will look to Zurich more in hope than expectation of winning the latter.

The destination of two tournaments will be decided simultaneously for the first time, with a European nation guaranteed the 2018 edition and Japan competing with Qatar, the U.S., Australia and 2002 sparring partner South Korea for the right to organize the event in 2022.

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