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. Onflow

    Too cold for 2018 and too hot for 2022

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

      No dude they are totally hoping for Al Gores Global Warming which will make it colder there somehow then.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Herman

    Really Qatar.... its amazing how a country that has no history with futbol but has plenty of money to buy officials gets the bid.... It deeply saddens me that soccer is no longer about the love for the game but a bunch of crooked fat cats that just want political back scratching. Shame on all those who ruin the game for those of us who dream of a day when it returns to its original glory.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • psykick5

      The middle east loves soccer, there is hardly a sport that even competes.

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

      Yes, when it returns to the glory of players falling to the ground with phantom injuries, being strechered off the field, then returning the second they hit the sidelines. FIFA is corrupt, but the game is a sham too. I like soccer and played it through high school, but can't stand the wuss nature of the sport, and FIFA going to the highest bidder is one more reason to be annoyed with a sport. Call me an American that just doesn't understand, is whining, whatever, but would it hurt for FIFA and the players to grow a pair and do things the right way for a change?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Tom were it not for real football and rugby your beloved yankee/silly football would not exist. May we now have your silence?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. bk

    why is it that all the reporters spoke about corruption and thats the reason katar and Russia got it. How innocent and straigtht forward is USA is? Is this the reason why USA is losing its credibility and popularity in the face of the world. I am from India, not from Russsia nor from Katar.

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

      The yankees are self-absorbed sore losers. They had their chance and do not want others to have an opportunity. what a shame.

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

    So Budweiser is a major sponsor of the World Cup and they vote to hold it in a country that doesn't allow alcohol? Nice job, FIFA...

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

      they actually do allow alcohol. just not in public during ramadan

      December 2, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hugh Jass

    Ha! Whole lotta SMACKDOWN dished up for the arrogant Americans today.

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

      England, on the other hand, has been used to be on the losing side of history for quite some time now.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      No smackdown was dished out because we dont give a F * $ # ! about soccer!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      John ... hehehe .. is that why all the 2010 world cup games were televised in the US? lol, silly yank.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    Wow buddy... chill out. You play it with some of the people I do, and we could make you eat some serious grass and wear you so far down you'll pass out. All without breaking a single rule.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jayden,FL

    It's football!! and England should've won the 2018 World Cup bid...oh let the controversy begin..

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hugh Jass

    The future is clearly NOT in America.

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

      Not for cry-baby games like soccer. Come to USA to play some real sports. BTW: the future is USA.

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

      Real sports like Nascar and American footfall and World Series baseball. Rest of the world laughs at you and your "world champions."

      December 2, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    I can't wait for Glen Beck and the other anti-americans over at Fox get excited about the U.S. losing this too.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. David

    USA doesn't need FIFA or soccer. We have a real game, it's called football, in which guys don't fall down on the ground like babies every time someone touches them.

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

      actually they soon as the QB gets touched on his pinky...the flag is thrown and a $25000 fine for the one hitting the QBs pinky

      the real sport that IS played outside america is rugby 😛

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

      Of course they don't. Cause you can't even touch them without sixteen yellow flags hitting the ground. Football has become a sport for fragile old men. Blame whoever, but soccer/football/futbol is tougher than you think.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • sw6blues

      If you don't like real football (soccer) then why are you posting on here in the first place? Stirring the pot.

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

      The US only invented one team sport and that is basketball. All the others widely played in the US are foreign imports, with baseball being a sport invented in England and played in girls schools.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Dingo

      Obese animals going at each other every Sunday is not a game.

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

      "A real game" where fat overweight ppl run and bang into each other for no apparent reason- tht's egg ball for u folks

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

      How does a real game last for more than 3 hours and yet the play time is 1 hour. YankeeBall(American footie) is not a real game, the commercials and adverts are the main event, silly men in tight spandex pants are the side show.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jim from Colorado

    Qatar? Sounds like hell, sitting in the sun baking in 100 degree weather worried you are going to get blown up at any minute.

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

      hell? wikipedia_dot_org/wiki/Qatar? dummy!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. QatarLover

    Congrats to russia and qatar, and for rednecks like scott your ignorance reminds me of dubya.
    go chew some tobacco.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. EEFCG

    US held the World Cup just last decade, what are they complaining? It is the WORLD CUP, everyone should have a chance to host it. I am happy that Russia and Qatar get it and I am tired of ignorant chants of people in these message boards. Get a life people.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. John Thompson

    Unbelievable. Guess you can buy anything these days if you offer enough. FIFA reinforces its image as a punchline.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marcie

    who is that idiot Max Kellermann or something like it, commenting about footbal!!!???? Please CNN find a true sports commentator who knows and respects the sport, not some imbecil who speaks just because GOD gave him a mouth!!! IDIOT!! There are so many good commentators, and if you cannot find one just go to the Spanish speaking channels and find one who knows about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Max Kellerman

      Marcie, sorry I had to dump you but you were a little crazy. take a look at whet you wrote ... see what I mean

      December 2, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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