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2018 & 2022 FIFA World Cup Locations: What Do You Think?

After several countries putting in their bids, FIFA’s World Cup locations for 2018 and 2022 have been announced. 

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The 2018 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) 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, according to an announcement Thursday.  Do you think these were good choices?  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, beat out the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Australia to host the event in 2022.

What are your thoughts about the chosen locations for the FIFA World Cup?  Share your thoughts below.

Here is the announcement from FIFA:

The FIFA Executive Committee has chosen Russia to host the 2018 FIFA World Cupâ„¢, while the 2022 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ was awarded to Qatar. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter announced the result of the FIFA Executive Committee’s secret vote on Thursday 2 December 2010 in Zurich’s Messe.
In lauding the victorious nations, the FIFA President also made a point of praising those who missed out. He said: “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. 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, Netherlands and Belgium, Spain and Portugal, and Russia all submitted bids for the right to stage the 2018 finals. Both England and Spain are previous FIFA World Cup hosts, with the 1966 tournament on English soil ending in the Three Lions’ only world crown to date. The Iberians staged the 1982 edition of world football’s showpiece event, when the Trophy was won by Italy.

“For 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East.” –

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter

Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s deputy prime minister, vowed that his country would justify the faith placed in them by the Executive Committee. He said: “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.”  Five candidates were bidding to stage the 2022 edition of the world’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 tournament’s first joint-hosts back in 2002. The 1994 finals took place in the US.

A clearly delighted Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani also expressed gratitude for the honour of hosting football’s greatest tournament, while insisting that Qatar’s historic FIFA World Cup would meet all expectations.  “Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance,” he said. “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.


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