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. Drobes

    WOW lots of cry baby Americans!! I love it. Russia and Qatar I cant wait! Qatar is not part of the UAE also there are terroirists from there. Your old president and the one you have now have been trying for years to try to get oil and gas from Qatar. To bad they are so rich they dont need you America! I love it. Cry all you want America you lost! Just the start of a very long line of you getting kicked by the rest of the world!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay Hart

      Id like to see you come to the states and talk your smack. Its typical of foreigners to call America the bad guy. You know you want to live here so stop trying to act so tough.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Oh, sweetie... I'm not crying about not having the World Cup in the US. It's because the games are being held in unsafe places, and I cannot go! There were many decent options available.

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

      I grew up in America and left and never want to come back. Its not about talking trash. You lost suck it up. Amy why do you think Qatar is unsafe? Have you ever been there? Have you looked at there crime and murder rate? Its way more safe there then in any city in the USA. Like I said 3 cops dead in a week, gangs drugs, guns, yes America is safe LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Right because tourism is a bunch of crap!!!

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

    CNN, please take down the silly commentator about the World Cup event, when he has confessed not to even care about "footbol"... and for his knowledge, "soccer" is an American make-up word, in the English (original from England) language, the first sport (and even makes more sense because the ball is kicked with the player's FOOT) is FOOTBALL (whether you like it or not). I am not going to defend FIFAS against possible corruptions rumors, etc... but as Americans we can not be a sawer looser and just in a discriminatory way call other countries unprepared or even worse: terrorist countries (like some monkey did here above) Congrats to Russia and Qatar!

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

      Why do you "soccer" fanatics want us to call soccer football? American football is the greatest sport in the world. Soccer is one of the most boring sports. You people get so excited over 1-3 goals a game. You say soccer players are better athletes. You think soccer is more meaningful. That is all foolish.

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

      the origination of the word "soccer" is actually English (England). While Americans embrace it, it started as a slang word for Association Football in England.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      @Bill, lol!! YankeeBall is the greatest game in the world? How many other nations play this ridiculous "game"? please take your meds

      December 2, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Suckitup

    Sour losers, you can't accept that US is no longer the center of everything. Guys, wake up. The new emerging economies can host World Cup too. Take a backseat and enjoy.

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

    big oil is back and buying like crazy.

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

      They dont have big oil in Qatar. They have the largest gas reserve in the world. I would not expect better from a redneck american not knowing anything outside of there trailer park

      December 2, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amy

    There's no way in heck I'm setting foot in either of those countries!! Bad choice, FIFA. Proof that money means more than the game (and safety of those who play).

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

      Hey Amy I forgot that america is so safe. 3 cops dead in 1 week. Qatar is not a terrost nation and one of the largest bases is in Qatar to help you guys with your stupid war in Iraq. You many want to read up on things before you post.

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

      How many world cups have you been to? too hard? Ok, how many football (soccer) games have you been to? None? Ok please take your cry for attention ealsewhere

      December 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    I have attended the last two WC and plan to go to Brazil . To Rusia, not sure. But Qatar? What the F–? No way I'm going. Money talks. Australia was my first choice for 2022.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. HH

    typical american who follows his media like a dog. you guys are entertaining.

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

    Really Qatar...In a terrorist you bring your own guns? And how did they afford that bribe?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Don

    Based on these decisions, I have a feeling that when the WC comes to North America, it will be hosted either by a group of Caribbean nations or, say, a group of the smaller Central America countries (e.g. El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize). The only way I see USA hosting again is if it's a joint hosting with Mexico, with the final in Mexico City, and somehow I don't see most USA soccer fans agreeing to that.

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

      It will never be joint held because we have on need to build large stadiums soccer specific only. We may build a home stadium but all you need is Cowboys stadium. enough said

      December 2, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Well after all the Americans that have been murdered in Mexico I do no think that will happen for a very long long time.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. michael

    i would like to see the budwiser sponsorship in qatar, all the brazilian girls will have head scarfs and burka's.
    russia, isnt that a mafia state, so it will work perfectly with FIFA.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. sw6blues

    Russia, congratulations. I saw Chelsea FC's owner Roman Abramovich at the ceremony.

    Qatar.....not so sure about. the Heat, no alcohol policy, security concerns (if it is anything like today). I'm not sure what Sepp Blatter was thinking.

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

      Qatar will have AC in every stadium cooled by solor powered watar cooling system. You will be able to drink there they have already said that. They dont drink but will allow others to drink. WOW there is a reason not to give them the world cup because they dont drink. Have you ever been outside of your trailer park? They country is kicking your countries ass in every way and dont need to invade other counties or talk how many nukes they have. You may want to read there entire bid before posting it had nothing to do with bribes. I am sure the US tried to bribe just like they did to get the Salt Lake Games remember that? Oh thats right you are from America you dont know any better. Dont worry where Qatar is learn where your country is on a map first.

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

      go to wikipedia and see why Qatar was selected. also consider the close proximity to Dubai which is a convergence zone for traders from Europe, Asian, Middle East. Africa etc etc.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joboo

    Qatar??? Are you kidding me? The country is tiny, they have never even qualified for a WC and they are going to waste unbelivable amounts of money building stadia, transportation, etc when they could be using that money for other things world wide.. FIFA is a joke and I'm amazed that Australia or the USA didnt win the bid.. Let me know how FIFA likes half empty stadiums, minimum sponsorship from European and North American companies and people bursting into flames walking across the street because it's 50 degrees C.... There is a reason there has never been a WC in the middle east.. Unreal. On a positive note while I think England deserved the WC Russia will do a great job.. Congrats to Russia.

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

      AGREED!!!!! except on the russia part lol high fives only for russia

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

      clueless!! do you know how many people fly into and out of nearby dubai? the location is prime to target markets in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa etc which are perhaps the largest markets for soccer hands down. You cannot be that foolish.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George

    U r wrong, your knowledge needs refreshging or restarting, those people r crazy for football! and its held there not for europeans, its for the locals!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    Egg ball is for sissies ....

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

      Sissies drop to the ground faking injuries. Thats soccer, not football. And the term "soccer" was coined by a Brit that brought the game to the USA. Have fun watching gay pansies run around and grab each others balls after a goal.

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

      Enjoy your sweaty men groping each other to move a ball 3 feet. Grow up you ignorant berkshire hunt

      December 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      This was to bsitz above*

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

      strange coming from a guy that watches dude running around in spandex pants

      December 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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