World Cup hosts announced: Russia in 2018, Qatar in 2022
December 2nd, 2010
10:37 AM ET

World Cup hosts announced: Russia in 2018, Qatar in 2022

[Updated at 10:42 a.m.] FIFA's World Cup will be held in Qatar in 2022, the governing body said in a press conference Thursday.

The tiny, wealthy Middle Eastern nation beat out the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia to host what will be the largest sporting
event in the world in 2022.  Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, the son of Qatar's emir and head of the emirate's bid team, said he was looking forward to the first time a Middle Eastern nation hosts the event.

"Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance. You will be proud of us – and you will be proud of the Middle East. I promise you this," he said.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed that the ruling body's desire to grow the sport around the world played a big part in the committee's thinking.

"I have to say thanks to to the executive committee because for 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East. So, I'm a happy president when we speak of the development of football," he said.

[Posted at 10:37 a.m.] The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia, the sport's governing body announced Thursday.

The Russian government has pledged billions of dollars to build new stadiums and infrastructure. A tournament in Russia would also open a huge, relatively untapped market for FIFA, which has awarded World Cups to South Africa in 2010 and Japan and South Korea in 2002 for similar reasons.

Russia beat out England and joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands to host what will be the largest sporting event in the
world in 2018. It will be the first time the contest has been held in eastern Europe.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin decided against attending the ceremony in Zurich, but his deputy Igor Shuvalov was present to accept the
first successful bid from Eastern Europe.

"You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I can promise that you will never regret it. Let us make history together," he told the
assembled delegates.

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  1. Scott

    Te gavorishiy pah ruskyiy?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Gaucho

      What possible good can come from hosting in Qatar ?? No legacy, no league. What are they going to do with the stadiums?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      Billions to spend on building the stadium, and a sporting legacy for the country. Their star is rising, America's is falling.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Vladimir

      Это не русский

      December 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Chef

      Breakfast is served in America. The main dish: a big plate of SMACKDOWN! Ha!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Makail

      I Blame Obama.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • What about MY ballsack?

      "Will the Axe detailer clean MY ballsack?"

      December 2, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Soviet Russia

    In Soviet Russia, soccer ball kicks you.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      That's hilarious!

      December 2, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian in MD

      LOL.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      I guess FIFA didn't want to be groped at every game.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Borat

      If my country not pick for World Cup I be execute! Jagshemash!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Man, the amount of corruption involved in the WC selection is staggering, just like Olympics selection.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Typical American comment. When they don't get it their way, they cry foul and whine. The world does not revolve around you.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      You're just whining because the arrogant US got a little SMACKDOWN.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • DS

      Typical Foreigner comment, bash and hate at a differing opinion

      December 2, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dominic

      There was proof of collusion before the votes, England got screwed over too. Fact is the venues best suited for the WC weren't picked for '18 and '22. It was a complete political move on FIFA/Sepp Blatter's part to get the tournaments in places they haven't been...even if Qatar's team is the worst team in the running to host, and on top of that they have no dome stadiums in 105 average summer heat. It was a bad idea and nobody is going to want to sit through all the inconveniences that Qatar brings

      December 2, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad

      HAHA!! 120 degrees F in the summer. GREAT CHOICE!!!! Great community, ambiance, transportation, awesome!!!!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • laughable

      seriously? "American" comment? its was a comment about the corruption... has nothing to do with america... You silly sensitive europeans...

      December 2, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      How do you know David is American, USA is not the only country that lost...

      December 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      Oh, please... An American makes one observation and you all start in with your anti-americanism... David's comment was small compared to all the whining the Canadians do on these posts!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. greg

    Why bother trying when FIFA officials are known to take bribes.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      Like a little cheese with your whine?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      What selection of cheese do you have slave?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frankie Sweep

    Good. Let them have it.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. AYBABTU

    All your bases are belong to us!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Lol

      Hahahaha Great!

      December 2, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • N

      i really disgusted ,the envy foiled with the hate ! why are you jelouse if you didnot succeed ?
      you were not succeeded because of your debt and recession and public cuts
      Qatar congratullation what ever they say you won ,you are not debtor neither encountered recession
      Iam not from qatar neither middle east countries but your comment make me angry

      December 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    USA got shafted again by FIFA, just like their refs did us in the games

    December 2, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Snowman

      So why do Americans feel they deserve the World Cup in 2022? They had it in 1994 and have twice recently hosted the women's World Cup. It needs to go to nations who have never had the opportunity to host it.
      Believe me Canada should have put in a bid.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      woman's world cup? hahahaha

      December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. WTH

    Where the hell is Qatar?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • greg

      It's where the little bonuses for the FIFA officials come from.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Part of United Arab Emerits (UAE), small country on the eastern side of Saudi Arabia.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Terrorist land? it's in Qatar not the USA

      December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Go back to school and learn some Geography.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Earthworm Jim

      Isn't it the object one uses to clean the wax out of ones ears?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Diego Maradona

      And as a little note for the ignorant people who don't know anything about geography: Qatar is not part of UAE. Although it is an emirate. But as some of you mentioned, it is an ally of US. Just like Saudi Arabia, to a certain point.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Boston

      @Steve.... Just another typical hateful American comment. No wonder the whole world hate you.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Snowman

      Earth, where are you?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      If it is anything like the Saudi Arabia, then it is one of the United States of America's pet projects to see if they could take a peace of crap land and turn it into a thriving country.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hof

    Terrific. The 2022 WC in 120 degree/50 degree heat. The strategy must be victory through heat stroke.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Qatar has pledges billions to build ac stadiums

      December 2, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. renny

    LOL US

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. David

    Nice Job, FIFA, choose a country in the middle east where security will be a total nightmare.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • morph147

      have to agree with that.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Hmmm ...the same was said about South Africa and how the WC there would be a failure. Remember 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia? We will now have your silence.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. KW

    Qatar? QATAR? What a joke.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Earthworm Jim

      Real Qatar jokes....
      10. "These explosive underpants are really starting to chafe..."
      9. "Isn't it ironic that they sat me in seat C-4?"
      8. "That's not a pump on my Air Jordans. It's a plunger."
      7. "I'm living proof that those whole-body imagers don't pick up everything..."
      6. "Hey, hundred virgins waiting in the afterlife: Here I come!"
      5. "You should have saved yourself some money and bought a one-way ticket."
      4. "These shoelaces double as wicks."
      3. "If they keep raising the baggage charges, I may have to start blowing up things on the ground."
      2. "I'm going to miss those honey-roasted peanuts."
      1. "Bombs away!"

      December 2, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia. When did you ever hear about bombings in Qatar or The UAE? Why is a man with a log in the eye pointing out the speck in another mans eye?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Free Pali

    Thank you so much FIFA for picking Qatar!! This is much needed good news for the Arab world!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. David

    The BBC was right: FIFA is corrupt!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • greg

      The Russian mafia and the arabs are the only ones who can afford the bribes.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kieran

    what an utter disgrace. Congratulations to Jurgen Mainka and the rest of the USA bid team who assembled a fantastic campaign for America. That the US didn't win, and even that the rotation of continents was recently changed, is a travesty and lends credence to all those allegations of backdoor dealings and corruption amongst FIFA officials.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
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