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.

Lowdown on World Cup bids

Post by:
Filed under: Soccer • Sports
soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. Naser Saleh

    This is not just about money, bringing FIFA to the Middle East will bring millions of people over to view the ME for what it truly is and not what the media portrays it to be. A billion people watching the games too will be watching our country for what it is too. No more can the media talk about how we are uncivilised people that live in tents. Finally, this could abolish hatred towards the ME

    December 2, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |

    I did not see anti Islamic rhetoric yet. Com on people go for it, it is great opportunity for venting your hatred. Some comments are there; but not quite. I am waiting!!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    American ignorance is appalling; do they teach you people anything in school or do you all just watch fox news?

    December 2, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelsey Grammar

      American ignorance is most definitely appalling! And I AM an American. I really hope the rest of the world remembers that not all of us are ignorant, delusional and intolerant... Just some of us are, and unfortunately, those are usually the ones who are the most outspoken 🙁

      December 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Franklin

    On February 24, 2010, Qatar and Iran signed a defense co-operation agreement in which the two countries stressed the need to expand their defense cooperation.

    Iran and Qatar will

    exchange specialized and technical committees
    expand cooperation in training
    conduct joint campaigns against terrorism and insecurity in the region

    March 10, 2010. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani has given his support to Iran’s right to nuclear technology, and considers Iran’s nuclear project to be for peaceful nuclear energy purposes.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. meee

    Soccers a fa ggy sport. .the us didnt get because the us doesnt deserve it. .

    December 2, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      I agree i never realy liked it myself. But fifa can relate to russia thats how they won because there both corrupt.

      December 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    If USA won the bid, there would be no whining from alot of you folks. It's called WORLD CUP, which is really a WORLD CUP, unlike your baseball WORLD SERIES, which can have at most 2 countries playing it. So for me any country should have a chance.

    I just see it that way:
    – Brazil has 2014: America
    – Russia has 2018: Europe
    – Qatar has 2022: Africa

    Unless you count Russia also as part of Asia (part of it is), the logical thing would be Oceania or Asia afterwards.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You idiot, Qatar is not in Africa, you Americans are retarded

      December 2, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Worldy

      Well said Frank!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Farid

      Qatar is not Africa, that's Middle East

      December 3, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |

    Here is an idea. Why doesnt the winner of the WC get to host 8yrs later (or 2 games later)?

    December 2, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • NIckPantera

      It would be in Brazil every 2 years

      December 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dockens

    I am as American as it gets, live in Texas, love Football, Baseball and apple pie! Hell I will admit I get a little nervous when I see someone of middle eastern descent on a flight with me, that's my own ignorance, but I do not believe for a second that Qatar or Russia are bad choices.

    We have hosted FIFA before, we have had several Olympics, we have had our moment in the spotlight! Stop acting like a bunch of spoiled losers, I for one think it is a great choice for Qatar and I will go if the chance affords itself to me!

    But, to those who keep posing anti American slurs, grow up, no one is perfect, not you nor I, nor anyone that walks this planet!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. bsitz

    Bunch of cry babies "jogging" around faking injuries, corrupt officials which Fifa does not hold accountable, who cares people? Its not even an exciting game to watch. Soccer, tennis, golf and cricket are right there next to water polo...

    December 2, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • dean

      Sounds like someone can't run, or even begin to comprehend the complexities of football. You Americans wonder why the English see you as ignorant and fat.

      December 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Will

    Basketball is growing worldwide, eventually it will surpass soccer/football as the world's sport. The NBA is more flexible and able to handle new markets better than FIFA, it's growing in places like China, a country where FIFA is struggling. In a generation or two the beautiful game will be just another sport behind American style basketball.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • kb

      My friend....I love the USA to death but we have been saying this same thing every time....You know why it will NEVER surpass football? Your guess is probably right...People really have the passion for it in other parts of the world than in the USA..Look at Countries like Ghana..population 25million compared to USA 350+ but yet always loosing to them..Anyhow, The fact that FIFA takes the world cup to these countries that people object to its a beautifult thing b'cos at the end of the day its all about exposure..I bet no NBA will want to play in QATAR...That is why FOOTBALL will always stay a step ahead...GO USA.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. soccerkid

    Vladamir Putin once again proves why he is the greatest leader in the world. He always makes the right decisdion. Go Russia! I can't wait to be in Moscow in 2018!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric from Ohio

      Putin sucks. He was supposed to show up, but didn't because he didn't want to look bad if they lost the bid.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tina

    The prospect of the U.S. getting the World Cup is more about bragging rights than it is about soccer. Some may argue it's the fastest growing sport in terms of popularity in the U.s., but that still places it far behind American football, baseball, basketball, maybe even hockey. If the World Cup is truly about international cooperation, it should be put on a stage that appreciates the sport and is not jaded by its position in the world.
    On another note, how will the World Cup in Qatar fare will Middle Eastern modesty norms, namely for women? It's an interesting political question and I'm extremely curious as to how they are going to address it.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. larrywi

    If only Obama would have been there to support the US we may have gotten it, oh wait, he's tried that already, and he failed miserably! I'm not a sports fan, but I think the choices were appropriate.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brian from Boston

    Congrats to Qatar and Russia. There is a lot of hate towards America in here. Let's try to get along. I think most of you have the wrong idea about us. If we are so hated then why do we have millions of people from all countries and corners of the globe living here? And they keep coming and coming, it never stops. We obviously have something here that interests people. If any one of your countries has an epidemic or in need of aid, we are the first ones there and you know that. Sure, we have some issues, but what country doesn't? You claim that we are arrogant but you are the ones excited that we don't have the cup and you don't think we deserve to have it. Sounds like you are the arrogant ones. The US didn't get the cup, that's fine, congrats to Qatar, I hope this brings some positive energy that is much needed in the middle east. To the USA, we didn't get the cup in 2022 so lets do the next best thing and win the 2022 cup!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      The US already got to host the world cup. Why deny others the opportunity to do the same? Soccer is played even in the poorest of nations and is truly a world sport. Why should any country be denied the opportunity to host if they have the means?

      December 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    As a US citizen it is embarrassing to read these posts. There are way to many ignorant and arrogant people. Who could blame anyone for overlooking the US. Our government is a train wreck...

    December 2, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelsey Grammar

      Speaking of ignorance: you said "to many"... Did you mean "too many"?

      Oh, the irony! 😉

      December 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13