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. Tyler

    Sigh, we lost out on potential billions of dollars to a nation roughly the size of Connecticut thats known for both human trafficking and involuntary slavery. Way to go Switzerland T_T

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

    Wow! I actually guessed it would be Qatar. Bot Russia and Quatar are perfect choices – other options were just too boring.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andriy

    Stupid Americans, you thought you were going to host the Olympics and world cup but you get neither cause no one likes you

    December 2, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwardd Foothands

      The top dog never gets love, brah. Jealousy will do that to tent dwellers like you.

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

      I'm glad we got neither. Didn't want Chicago to get the Olympics and soccer/football is not America's sport. The world loves it, the world can keep it.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian from Boston

      Then why do they keep coming here?

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

    Joe, by your stupid and ignorant comment it is obvious you have a distate for soccer so why do you even bother reading any news associated with Soccer, seriously grow up!!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Paul Willson

    FIFA must have been paid off. Qatar a short missle flight from IRAN amd backs on to people who hate westerners as infedel.s and Russia a nation still trying to make itsekllf work, well at least they know soccer . All western nations should boycott ALL FIFA events and maybe the Olympics as well . Internationalism is how to destroy democracies . We end up toadying to dictators. Why did we displace Saddam Hussien then ? I call, for the end of FIFA , the IOC and what they spawn CORRUPTION

    December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. SayWhaaaa

    LOL, Look at all these whiners, we don't like soccer, keep it away from the US HAHA. Truth is you guys would be dancing on the streets if the US had won it. The US should never host the FIFA world cup as it is not even popular here. These countries at least appreciate the sport and oh yeah its called football not soccer, make up another name for that footless game how about handball

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

      We do whatever we want. When your country isn't worthless anymore maybe you can name your own sport.

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

      Soooo you just said your country is worthless and can't name its own sport HAHA. Tsk Tsk its ok no need to get angry.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      I'd wager 98% of Americans didn't even know there was a bid in place for the games to be played here. Hard to rub someone's nose in a loss when the vast majority aren't aware it was happening in the first place.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Polo

    Put away the haterade! I glad FIFA is getting away form the America/Europe cycle

    December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Will

    Considering how close Qatar is to Iran, they might be playing on fields of glass by 2022.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. politically incorrect

    Less immigrant is better ????? you are wrong my ignorant American friend. I am an immigrant and also happend to be a college professor who educate Americans for a living. I am also a taxpayer who send you that check on the first of each month. Some of my friends are Physicians caring for people and saving lives everyday. Unfortunatly some of my other friend are selling black and mild cigarettes in convinient stores near your traylor park.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Professor's dad

      'Traylor'? Very good command over English knowledge!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • saw that too...

      That's not a typo. The "professor" should probably have one of his TA's proof his comments. Either than or get a job with his friends selling cigs.

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

      Nice use of syntax, vocabulary and grammar. Your post was definitely collegiate level.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Revelation

      I like respectful controversy:

      I am sad US did not make it to 2022, but what the heck! There will be a next time. Besides, what we Americans have is persistence and determination. Among others, these virtues have built our great country.

      My kids play soccer, they are Americans, and they love it. The future Landon Donovans 🙂

      I apologize to the Qatari and Russian people for the racist comments of other fellow Americans. One individual’s opinion does not make a country’s opinion. Misrepresentation happens all over the world.

      To my American friends: Guys, rule #1: Let’s show our American pride in an American way. We are what we write, and we are better than what I have read so far.

      As for FIFA, well… no comments. I hope the next World Cups go well.

      Folks: Tolerance should be the rule. That is the spirit of sports.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Long Beach, California

      wow , how wonderfully PATHETIC

      December 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abraham Schaeffer

      Great words from someone who probably doesn't know Qatar well. This is what I expect from open minded Americans. I have lots of American friends in Qatar & they love that fact that Qatar won, cuz they know that Qatar can do it. OPEN YOUR EYES

      December 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    Things worth having are deserving of the effort.

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

    These comments are pretty weird and are obviously written by people that doesnt understand anything about the Fifa and what is soccer all about. I am Portuguese. Of sourse i am desapointed that the bid Portugal and Spain lost, but I'm happy for Russia. And wether you ppl like it or not, the 2022 world cup had to be in the Middle East. So i'm pretty happy. Congrats to Russia and Qatar. And FYI, in the Middle East they are more crazy about soccer than in the US or Australia.

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

      "more crazy" you are correct!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • East Coast Mike

      You're right that the majority of Americans couldn't care less about soccer, FIFA, or the world cup. The tournament generates a lot of money for the host nation if its run properly....That's the only reason most Americans would want to hold it here.

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

      By "crazy" i mean that they are really into soccer. When i watch soccer on streaming almost 70% of the video available are in Arab... They are huge fan of soccer. Give them a chance! Come on, the world cup was here in 1994... you guys really though it was going be in the US again?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. NFL Freak

    Who cares about FIFA USA plays the real Football and it is called the NFL

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

      Your just a moron!

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

      You're probably really proud when your team wins the SB right. Calling yourself World Champions HAHAHAHA!! World Champions of what?? NFL is a step from college level thats it, nobody around the world gives a hoot about this game.

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

      I love American football, but let's be clear: we copied that name after the British named (more properly) FOOTBALL. In our football, we hardly kick the ball with our foot. We should be the ones changing the name of OUR sport. It is of a bigger man to congrat the others in defeated and if they are right; and in this case: They are right!

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

      @Worldy actually YankeeBall was called football because in its early years the primary way of scoring was by kicking field goals (at some point a FG was 5 points and a try/touchdown was 1pt) but that changed with time. You are right though the name should have changed when the scoring changed and the forward pass was introduced. I suggest Yankee WhizzBall in the spirit of coming up with silly names for stuff in Yankeeland

      December 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Why do all the dudes who pick the host countries for events that happen every four years always look the same?

    December 2, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Andy

    Qatar in the summer?! It's going to be at least 120 degrees and they are planning to air condition open stadiums! Also, you have to have a license to buy alcohol in the country – people who travel there won't even be able to drink unless they know someone who has a license to buy alcohol.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. CG

    Qatar is a dry country...sorry Futbol fans your gonna be sober.

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

      Its not totally dry – like Kuwait or Saudi – but there is a limit on how much can be bought and who can buy it.

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