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. Jen B

    Qatar is awesome; it's kind of like Dubai. Russia...

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

    Well then, Joe, you must be a Native American. They are the only ones that aren't foreigners to N. American or S. American soil. You racist idiot.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. lolbriefmobile

    Congrats to Russia and Qatar

    USA shouldnt be mad

    December 2, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paulo

    You American sore losers! It is ridiculous that like two people here have actually congratulated Russia and Qatar on their achievements. All this corruption crap, funny.... you wouldn't be saying that if US had won. It's one thing bribing one or two members, as reports indicate that may have happened in the past (and probably did too). But to say that a country bribed enough people on the committee to completely change the winner is ridiculous, immature, stupid. What do you base that on... blind intuition?
    Getting to host the world cup is an honour the whole world should be able to have. America hosted it only 16 years ago!! You greedy greedy people.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwardd Foothands

      I think the floor of your hut needs sweeping.

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

      Soccer/football is so minor here most don't know the World Cup was held in the US 16 years ago. As for corruption, if the US had won for 2022, I have no doubt we would be accused of bribery.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ezz

    Qatar is a sovereign Gulf nation that is NOT part of the UAE. It is the world's biggest producer of natural gas, and has U.S. bases operating there.

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

    Hey I'm so happy for Russia n Katar. I think if ur a real fatal fan n not one of these negative soccer analyst u can only appreciate the fact that the beautiful game is made so by the way it travels the world. A max get educated and stop being so negative, ur supposed to be a sports commentator not reporting ur neg comments.

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

      Seriously, although I agree with what I think you are saying, do not talk about education when you refuse to spell a word out, I mean seriously, read what you write before post! Or maybe your the lazy educated type?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelsey Grammar

      Dockens: I think you meant "you're", not "your". LOL...

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

      Well said Dockens.
      What is a max get educated?

      December 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Realy, that's the best u guys got. By the way u forgot to comment on the letter u for "you", ur for "you're" n neg for negative but I guess I'm not the only lazzy seller ha.... I think u missed the message, get a life

      December 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA! USA! USA!

      Tony, you're a typical American... Revelling in his ignorance like a pig in his own excrement.

      December 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • drNO

      well the last 5 were bought.. at least people don't have to travel to some place like Africa this time. That's nice!

      December 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Ha Soccer SUCKS!

      December 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose ramiros

      China sucks! lots of Chinese in here trying ot make the USA look bad, go back to China and leave the fun with people who aren't stupid enough to let a government take it all away! ^ ^

      December 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alan

    Getting the privilege of hosting the World cup means you have to get your act together and play gracious host to all other countries in the world and have world class facilities. It is probably one of the best tools for diplomacy, and globalisation. Kudos to these choices. Putting the US in the spotlight as the host doesn't have the capacity to bring about change anywhere near as putting Russia, Qatar in the spotlight/their feet feet to the fire.

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

      Today, this tells all of the Arab world that you too can be selected for such a huge global event, if you act nice, civilized and co-operate with the rest of the world. Hoping they actually listen, and the population goes 'Well our as@ and pride is on the line, we can't be spouting 'Death to america/israel' anymore or the world will pull the plug on us'... Great choices!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      When is the WC and Olympics going to be about the athletes? It is all great that being presented with hosting a major international event that a particular country is placed under a spotlight and has to pull some infrastructure together, but do you really believe that the plight of the poor in S. Africa, Brazil, Indian/Bangleshy laborers in Qatar, and the corruption in Russia are going to improve because you funnel billions of dollars to the efforts? The $'s just escalate the bad behavior. These international bodies need to stop playing political/social gods and start focusing on what is best for the players/athletes.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Yea because obviously if it was about the athletes the world cup would be in America every 4 years because it's the best AMIRITE?
      It's the WORLD cup.

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

      Never said anything about America hosting. Point wasn't about that. It was about an athletic governing body trying to make political statements with its selections vs. focusing on the game. I personally thought England should have it, or if you think on the tail of the Olympics that it should go elsewhere, maybe Spain.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Or in 2022 Australia

      December 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rameez

      You're right Fred, it should go to some responsible European government, you know because half of the EU seems to be on the verge of bankruptcy, following Greece's lead, these days. There's nothing like taking a loan that takes decades to repay in order to put on a flashy sporting event to "showcase" your country to take said country out of its malaise, right (sorry for the convoluted syntax. I'm not proof-ing a post I make on fair enough?)? as an American of Pakistani descent, I find the plight of Subcontinental laborers in the Middle East (especially states with explosive – pardon the expression – growth like Dubai and Qatar) disheartening. Preventing them from hosting a world cup will not improve those laborers' condition. So no point in singling them out like you suggest we do.

      December 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AS

    These international organizations really like to stick it to the United States every opportunity they get don't they? This is a slap in the face. QATAR? 110 degree weather and ranked #113 in the world in the FIFA rankings with absolutely no soccer accomplishments to boast of (they've never even qualified for the World Cup). This is disgusting and a deliberate attempt to stunt the growth of soccer in the USA.

    The USA should boycott the 2022 World Cup and ESPN should as well. Because after all, FIFA only sees dollar signs anyway, and that would be a great way to stick it to them.

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

      Do you really think FIFA cares if the U.S. doesnt show up for the World Cup? Do you?

      I'm glad the U.S. didnt get the World Cup – its more spending that we don't need to be doing.. countries do not show a profit from hosting the World Cup, any more than they do by hosting the Olympics. Its a hugely expensive undertaking, and the best they get out of it is some "free" stadiums for their use after the event is over.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • soccerkid

      What a typical loud mouthed poor looser. Do you yanks ever undersatnad that you are not the only country in the world!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • AS

      @Snoop: Like I said, FIFA only cares about the money.

      @soccerkid: The United States IS the greatest country in the world. Sorry if that offends you so much.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • flaming_jesus

      US is the greatest country in the world? are you delusional?
      Between a low standard of living, poor healthcare, lousy technology, high gun deaths, a very high infant mortality rate, etc it ranks around 12-15th in the world.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Flamer – having lived and traveled all over the world, I would say the standard of living in the US is pretty damn good given the complexities of a 300 million multi-cultural populace. Let's also not confuse poor healthcare with affordable healthcare. The worlds elite get sick? They go to the US. Period. Gun deaths and infant mortality? See illegal immigration, drug gangs and people forced to live under the radar.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      We in England have plenty of illegal immigrants, maybe even higher proportions than you do but not the same statistics?
      That's the problem, you're quick to blame outsider and so ignorant to actually think it might be a problem with your 'perfect' country.
      I've lived in the UK for 18 years, America for about 4 years and I can see the problems in both. The difference is we aren't the one's who every time something bad is pointed out go straight to blaming different ethnic/immigrant groups, despite having comparable percentages of them.
      Your political system is awful. Immigrants fault? No.
      Your education system lags behind most of Europe. Immigrants fault? No.
      Healthcare is a joke, you're right in saying it's not 'bad' healthcare, but the system is.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      And to the OP saying America should boycott the 2022 world cup; that means all 12 people in this country that actually like football wouldn't watch? I'm sure FIFA is bricking it.

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

      Michael I have run into more English US haters than I care to count while living in London. A great city by the way when the people aren't trying to be so damn clever and witty. But to categorically say Americans are ignorant, America sucks, everything about it is second rate, etc. isn't helpful nor true. Let's face it I don't have to go very far to find an American who doesn't know that Canada is our northern neighbor, but at the same time I have met my fair share of English hooligans on the tube on their way to Wembley who I wouldn't guage as worldly Einsteins either.

      In regards to immigration – England doesn't have 15 million people trying to scrounge a living without a passport. They also don't have thousands of miles of border with a multi-billion dollar drug and human trafficking business flowing through. Illegals are not the source of all US problems, obviously. But if you want to talk about violent crime statistics (which was what the comment was about) then you should check out who is populating US prisons and court dockets.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • blipblip

      back then when you hosted the world cup i didn't know someone from there who knew about the sport, nor talk about it.

      it's THAT unpopular. "boooooring", right? 🙂

      And you don't have a domestic league back then.

      And aside from hating commies, soccer-hating is one of the most common activities there

      And now that you've seen this "world cup" back in summer, you want it so badly now.

      It's not always about the money.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      USA is not the world and if they would boycott FIFA would not be pleased

      December 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake64

      Yeah... let's boycott the WC... will anyone miss us there? What a stupid idea..

      December 3, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. biodan

    2018 Russia
    2022 Qatar
    2026 North Korea
    2030 Iran
    2034 Burma
    2038 Sudan
    2042 Haiti

    December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • morph147

      North korea wont exist by then.

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

      You forgot Somalia 2046 and Pakistan/Afghanistan (joint bids) 2050

      December 2, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ESMF

      you forgot the US in 2054

      December 2, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      2026 will go to Antarctica

      I'm now getting over my shock. Qarar,although warm will hopefully bring a sense of trust and acceptance to the middle east.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean


      December 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose ramiros

      In 2020 it will be in the free nation of Tibet

      December 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. khaled

    Congratulation Russia the first World cup in the eastern of Europe.
    Congratulation Qatar for the first World cup in the Arab world.
    this is the sport I like , no religion no race only enjoying and playing should be the main thing.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Edwardd Foothands

    Qatar? More like QRAPTAR.

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

    Lebron James comes back to Cleveland tonight. That's my World Cup.

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

      Then why are you typing messages here?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bubblepuppy

    Should have been the USA in 2022. Soccer is a fast growing sport in this country, and we have many quality modern stadiums. Qatar is a little desert kingdom that's way too hot to be playing soccer outdoors.

    Qatar only won because they're rich. Maybe they will even cover the trophy with oil and give it to the winners!

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

      The US had its chance its time for others now. Good job FIFA

      December 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Erik

    Whether it was bribery or not, I don't think a nation should host the World Cup if their team has never qualified for it. Qatar has never made the final tournament. I guess it will be fun to watch their automatically qualified team lose 6-0, 9-1, 7-0 in the group stage in 2022.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • jake64

      Agree.. Australia should have got the cup in 2022

      December 3, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Snoop

    This is the only way Qatar could get a team into the World Cup.. they had to spend billions on building new stadiums so that their automatic berth team can get swept in group play. 🙂

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