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. mike

    Time to start writing letters to Russia and Qatar to ban the vuvuzela.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric from Ohio

      I second that!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • kb


      S. AFRICA....vuvuzeela


      December 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Those other cultural things don't make soccer unwatchable. It is not necessary to appreciate, celebrate or respect something that distracts players, coaches, and fans from the game. No one in any official capacity outside of South Africa, other than Sepp Blatter, wants vuvuzelas at soccer games. They're already being banned in club stadiums throughout Europe. "Hosting" an event means allowing people to enjoy it, not snub your nose at the world while making the event unbearable.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gb

    To the geniuses like Worldly, the term "Soccer" came from England, not the US. It is short for Association Football. That term was used to differentiate it from Rugby Football.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Worldy

      I agree with you, but that was not my point. Thanks for searching Google where it says: "The word "soccer" comes from an alteration of "assoc.", which is an abbreviation of "association football"." But my point was that FOOTBALL really represents an older sport practiced and recognized all over the World, for much longer that our American football is. Nice try to overshadow my ignorance, but I knew this before you posted it. Keep trying!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kiss Imak

    This is a joke. I wonder how much the officials got paid from the Shiek to give it to him. I did not see wife #1 and #3 for the Emiir? Is he ashamed to say he has 3 wifes?

    December 2, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gabriel

    I'm happy for those countries! and in regards to a comment written but Makail, I have to say that maybe he is right, if the republicans would have been in power we might have won because the FIFA would've been afraid to be invaded LOL

    December 2, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. miamislice..

    Wow...FIFA is just as corrupt as the IOC...Highest bribe wins the games..just ask Brazil..Anyway in the US the sport has limited appeal...Its mostly played by athletes not good enough or big enough to play football,baseball,basketball,golf ,tennis, swimming,snowboarding,moto-cross, bowling,..etc..

    December 2, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • kb

      That is the problem we have..if your best athletes don't play the game how do you expect to win...Don't complain when you loose

      December 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matthew De Nero

    Who cares??? The US hosted the World Cup not too long ago. It's a world game and it's good to see other countries be given a chance.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. miamislice..

    LO...So what,,you're not a terroist nation...thats great...but a Muslim nation you are ..former camel and goat-herders until some Westerners explained to you losers that you have oil 5 feet deep in the sand... yet then we had to show you'll how to extract it because there was 0 tech and no-how in the Middle East..Congrats on the winning BRIBE to get the LOSER CUP... By the way soccer is the 6th most watched sport in the US...

    December 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. blipblip

    omg americans are having a hard time finding qatar on the map hahahahahahaha

    December 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom, Long Beach, California

    get the picture America, we are so busy trying to be PC, the rest of the world will try to screw the US every chance they get.....bring back PROTECTIONISM before we are destroyed

    December 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom, Long Beach, California

    who cares . it's only soccer, the third world sport

    December 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • kb


      December 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. san

    Why us out of 2018

    December 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom, Long Beach, California

    got a green card Paulo?

    December 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bone crusha

    Where da white women at?

    December 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Radar1

    Overheard at the conference: This decision is a large hurdle to get over, anyone seen the Sepp Blatter?

    December 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. miamislice..

    To all you Euro -trash, East Indians ,S.American slummers bashing the USA.... don't forget the Laptops,mobile devices and Internet you're using to spew your dribble were invented in the USA...The airplanes you fly on...the electricity in your crappy homes...the TV in your crappy dens, the American movies and entertainment in your USA invented DVD disc players or Blu-ray, your video-games... Satellites that distribute the loser game of soccer....the X-ray and MRI machines that photo your pathetic teeth and small brains.. The best Colleges and Universities in the World...All brought to you bashers by the USA..thanks for buying and using and using and using made or invented in the USA services and goods..But please quit trying to emigrate here legally or illegally....90 % of REAL AMERICANS don't want you here...

    December 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
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