World Cup 2018 & 2022

FIFA president Sepp Blatter today announced that Russia and Qatar will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments following two days of presentations in Zurich.

“I have to say thanks to to the Executive Committee of FIFA 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,” said Blatter.

“So, I’m a happy president when we speak of the development of football.”

“But I have to give big compliments to all the bidders for the big job they have done and the messages they have delivered. All have delivered the message that football is more than just a game. Football is not only about winning; it is also a school of life where you must learn to lose, and that is not easy.”

England, who had been praised heavily by Blatter went out in the first round of voting for 2018 much to the disappointment of Prince William, Prime Minister David Cameron, David Beckham and the rest of their delegation.

Joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Holand/Belgium also lost out, while Australia and the USA were among those overlooked for World Cup 2022.

Russia’s bid chief executive Alexei Sorokin said: “We deserve it, we represent part of the world which has never hosted the World Cup – with the former Soviet republics we represent 200 million people.”

Qatar, who are currently ranked 113th in FIFA’s World Rankings, are in the process of constructing stadiums that will be able to cope with the soaring summer temperatures that can peak at over 50 degrees celcius during the day.

“Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance,” said Qatar bid president Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani.

“You will be proud of us – and you will be proud of the Middle East. I promise you this.”

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7 thoughts on “World Cup 2018 & 2022

  1. Congratulations to both countries.
    Right decision from long term perspective, world is opening up and WC needs to go to new places.

    I was baffled by many in the media questioning the if Qatar will provide the”atmosphere” , they fail to notice that Football is incredible popular and followed crazily in the middle east.

    I guess more reasons why new places should get WC’s to close the misinformation thats prevalent in the world.

  2. Agree with Qatar, i know from experience how crazy people in the middle east are about football, they deserve to have one in that part of the world. If the temperatures are a problem now, when were they not going to be? I’d be very confident that they’ll get all their stadiums built etc. The general trend in that region is, if it takes $xxxx million to do something, then so be it. The extra few years they get in finding out now will help aswell. I’d be worried about how they’ll handle the fans though, alcohol and other western cultural traits may not be welcomed so much. They’ll have to be a lot more allowing in terms of their laws, but I’m wondering just how allowing they can be…?

    Russia leaves me very worried though. The prospective stadium locations are a long, long way away from each other and the shackles placed on the media and allegations of police corruption and organised crime are worrying. It doesn’t seem the same scenario as South Africa, where there was very little wealth whatsoever, in Russia, the money is there, only some very powerful people control it… along with other things i’d imagine.

  3. They gave the world cup to a country that still uses lashes as a legal, public punishment­. They better set up extra lashing posts outside the matches for when the European nations arrive.

    1. So maybe out of sheer embarrassment they’ll stop doing that now and considering they have 12 years,
      thats 12 years of international media scrutiny.. that ain’t no cake walk
      Esp. considering how pissed off other nations are right now that they lost and are going to hold the grudge that such a puny country got the vote over them.

  4. What a travesty. Football grew from Western Culture and should be supported by countries that support and have standards that agree with Western Culture. Arab culture does not agree with Western Culture and really is a shame the World Cup would go to a country that totally contradicts core Western principles. This will be a low attending World Cup perhaps. It will only apeal to those who have an Arab like minded nature. What a shame.

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