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. B

    USA its been made by immigrants all over the world and the U.S soccer team is made by different type of backgrounds players so lets stop with the immigrations comments

    Russia is cold and Qatar is what let them play and let those countries what they have to offer. Everybody will get a.chance so lets just stop with the negativity and lets start saving money to make it. To those games lol

    December 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Football Fan


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  3. sikander

    yeah its really good that middle east got the chance lets see what they've got.....

    December 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Protoman

    Americans don't embrace futbol because of all the fake injuries. Kinda reminds me of France lying down when Hitler wanted to take over. Then the US came in and sprayed France's leg. If you can't play then don't play. Laying down after nobody touches you makes you look weak. All you America haters need to ask where the world would be without us? The taxpayers here are tired of carrying the dead weight. Some countries can't even figure out agriculture, and guess who gives the most in aid? Yup it's us. We have our problems, but we'd be able to fix them a lot faster if we just stopped trying to help everyone else. I think my country should mind its own business and let the rest of the world rot. You can keep your gods and futbol.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Boycotting 2022 WC

    Oh great, let's send our teams into a country that practices Shari'a Law, is believed to harbor terrorists, and use slave labor!

    December 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anna

    I am Russian and live and study in New York the time of 2018 I will be 29 years old!!!! Go RUSSIA! I am so happy you guys are IMPROVING!!! Hopefully, it is a good push and the government will do the right thing!!!

    Thank GOD!=))

    December 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ilya

      Hi from Moscow!)I agree with you!I think it will be the greate WC and grate opporunities to our country!)
      most of people there dont understand whats happend in the world,they are limited in boarders of US.

      December 3, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Justin

    Do not lay the babies and spoiled sport ruin this moment, as an American let me just congratute our brothers in Russia and Qatar for this honor and wish them nothing but the very best for this day and the moment of the games. Shame on all of my American brothers crying about not getting it, that is against the very essense of sportsmanship. If you would have been celebrating if selected, then take this moment instead of being bitter to congratulate both Russia and Qatar for this wonderful achievement. I know both will be great hosts, and Americans we'll get it soon but this is a moment for Qatar and Russia, not our moment. Congratulations and good luck overseas to both countries and the games!

    December 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      clearly I meant do not let the babies, not lay. My mistake on the typo

      December 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. beerisgood

    I'm from Michigan, I just wanted to know what is a world cup?

    December 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. george

    champion league is far better than world cup

    December 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    "Soccer is NOT a sport".It isn't a sport if you can't use your hands."Tap dancing isn't a sport."I rest my case. George Carlin on soccer

    December 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ponyclubber10

    errr, i'm using this article for a school project. Who is it by?

    December 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ping Pong


    December 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. renji1

    praise to russia! i wish i could travel there..... i need to see Lenin's tomb

    December 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john

    i love how every non-american is blasting america and americans for being ignorant and arrogant. im extremely sure every country has those types of people. anyways, on subject: This is just sad. not because Qutar is a "terrorist state" or cant go green for 2 weeks in order to keep people from dying, but because its bribing FIFA with oil money. Its just another sign of oil dependency and the toll it takes on the buyers. The way I see it, Saudi Arabia(and any other large exporter of crude oil-eg. russia, UAE) is one of-if not- the most influential countries in the world. thanks FIFA for being a tool.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. russiaSuck


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