After several countries putting in their bids, FIFA’s World Cup locations for 2018 and 2022 have been announced.Â
The 2018 FIFA (FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale de Football Association)Â World Cup (sport known in the U.S. as soccer) will be held in Russia, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar,Â according to an announcementÂ Thursday.Â Do you think these were good choices?Â Sound off below!
Full announcement from FIFA posted below.
The Russian government has reportedly pledged billions of dollars to build new stadiums and infrastructure. Russia beat out England and joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands. It will be the first time the contest has been held in eastern Europe.
Qatar, located in the Middle East,Â beat out the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Australia to hostÂ the event in 2022.
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Here is the announcementÂ from FIFA:
“For 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East.” –
Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s deputy prime minister, vowed that his country would justify the faith placed in them by the Executive Committee. He said: â€œYou 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.â€Â Â Five candidates were bidding to stage the 2022 edition of the worldâ€™s greatest sporting event. As well as eventual winners Qatar, Australia, Korea Republic, Japan and USA also submitted bids for the highly-sought after hosting rights. USA, Japan and Korea had all previously staged the FIFA World Cup finals, with Japan and Korea becoming the tournamentâ€™s first joint-hosts back in 2002. The 1994 finals took place in the US.
A clearly delighted Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-ThaniÂ also expressed gratitudeÂ for the honour of hosting football’sÂ greatest tournament, while insisting thatÂ Qatar’s historic FIFA World Cup would meet all expectations.Â Â “Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance,” he said.Â “You will be proud of us – and you will be proud of the Middle East. I promise you this
The final presentations and the announcement of the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups was one of the biggest media events ever seen in Switzerland. Some 70 TV stations reported live from the official announcement at Zurich Exhibition Centre, where around 1,000 reporters from all over the world also covered the event.