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. Dirk klomp

    It's all about the money. Playing football in Quatar at 37C. It's not possible

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

      So, the 2022 World Cup will be in the desert in the summer in what amounts to a terrorist-supporting state that as a part of its pitch would "go green" while at the same time air-conditioning the 9 new stadiums it intends to build?

      December 2, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Load

      You obviously understand very little about Qatar. It is a pro-west ally.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Babaganoosh: Actually Qatar is a huge American and NATO supporter so please be careful in saying they are supported by terrorisim. The U.S. bases there that thousands of U.S. and NATO troops transit through and are hundreds more stationed there.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dorothy

    Qatar, really? 🙁

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. David K

    Please correct your pronunciation of Qatar!!! It is not pronounce cutter, it is k tar. Ever flown Qatar Airways? Great service and I think they know who to pronounce their own country!!! Thanks!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. David

    Good, th USA doesn't care about soccer anyway!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. AJ

    What a joke... just like FIFA.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chad

    Who cares about soccer world cup. Keep it away from the US, we have better things to do.

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

      Chad is jealous of the USA.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • nOfer

      do you know how many money the WC would bring to US,, you have to be joking about keeping it out.

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

      Like eating? How about a healthy sport for a change 🙂

      December 2, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Like crowning the superbowl winner a "world" champion? lol!! Please remind us again who else in the world cares about American football? .... chirp ... chirp ....chirp ...

      December 2, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    Well now we know that we are going to have one of THE worst WC games in 2022. It is a country controlled by sharia law. You can not party and can not be seen drinking in public. Who the heck would want to go there to party?!?!?!

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

      good to know that's all what your life is about...'partying' and 'drinking'

      December 2, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Well that is what people do when they go to sporting events. It is to relax and have fun. Like a normal American. But since you have been living under a rock you can do what you do there.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      If that were true they wouldn't have been awarded the cup

      December 2, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mister Man

      Sharia law? No drinking? No partying? Have you ever even been to Qatar? Can you find it on a map? Making a general comment about a country you know nothing about and without verifying any of your "information" makes you a bigger ass than the people who peddle these "facts" to you

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

      Have you ever watched a riot at a soccer match? If all they do is drink and party it would be a great day...

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

      Hahaha!! typical hick comment from a ignorant bloke. Why are yankees so parochial in their thinking? FYI the world does not revolve around yankeeland like they teach you. Why do you like to comment about things you do not know a thing about? Have you ever been to the emirates? I highly doubt it.

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

      MisterMan, this is CNN and it does not matter if the facts are true or not! We see this held ever so truly with Anderson Cooper. The fact is, wether it is true or not, Americans will not travel to Qatar unless a lot of things have changed in the next 12 years. I am certain they will not. Heck by 2022 Americans will be equal to slaves again and could never dream of traveling to another state let alone another country.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. freelance7

    I guess North Korea's out of the running, then.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. luke

    Russia & Qatar?????
    Wow – I guess they submitted the two biggest bribes –
    If they wanted to kill all interest in World Cup Soccer in the US –
    They sure succeeded with those two picks.

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

      we suck at soccer anyway...even then girls and every little kid in America is playing soccer on every possible sports field across America...anything to get them off those fields that weren't even made to play soccer...ugh

      December 2, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. edu

    Qatar 2022? ok...

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. DJS

    Scott,
    You show your ignorance, Qatar is NOT a terrorist nation.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I do not believe he said that they are a terrorist state, but the do protect terrorists.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Goodstuff

    Lets get the usual slander out the way:
    Obama is Hitler
    Pelosi is a witch
    Glenn Beck is Stalin
    Stalin is Hitler
    CNN is a communist organization
    Foxnews is a fascist organization
    blahblah

    Ok, lets talk about football now!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Amen to that.....

      December 2, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    I can see why they selected the countries. I'm upset its not in the USA, but I'm happy for them. I doubt its corruption. Soccer isnt prominent in Russia, but this will expose the residents to it, and Qatar has like NO international recognition to the general public. This will further both countries in many ways. Yes, USA could use it for the economic growth, and such. But there's other ways of doing it too, without FIFA. So, Go FIFA!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • greg

      Football is the biggest sport in Russia, played by and watched by more than any other. The got the WC through bribery.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian D.

      I doubt its through bribery. And if so, does it really matter? we got it like 2-3 WC ago. And even so, then why is it such a big deal its in Russia? Its an INTERNATIONAL organization, not US!!! Therefore, they can put WC elsewhere, and have been. And all this soccer/futbol dissing needs to stop. Really people? This is how you represent the US? As a bunch of smack-talking people who get mad over everything, and cry corruption every chance we get?

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

      No, what you describe are rationalizations. I think that to get the issue of corruption out of the system, you take the 4 bidders that have made it to the "finals" and then have a random pick like the balls in the NBA lottery. Paul Gardner from Soccer America posits this in his recent column and it makes a lot of sense. At least the claims of bribery or other chicanery will be diminished.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. Johnny K

    FIFA is as corrupt as it gets, common knowledge. Bribes won both 2018 and 2022.

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

    The question is... with the turmoil in the region... will Qatar still exist in 2022?

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