2022 World Cup Goes to Qatar


The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced that the Qataris had won in a ceremony held at the Messe Hall in Zurich.

The 22 FIFA delegates chose the winner after several rounds of voting. The United States, Australia, Japan and Korea were the other bidders.

The Qatar bid was rated ‘High Risk’ by the Technical Committee, the only bid to be so voted. They cited concerns that temperatures reach 40 degrees Celsius in the summer.

FIFA are going to release the details of the voting later today, and we will see which delegates voted what way.

(Results of Voting Show USA Bid was Strong)

Reaction in the English speaking world has not been positive with the twitter-sphere being full of fans speculating that money as opposed to fitness to hold the tournament had been a factor.

Others pondered what the point of the Technical Reports was if they were to be routinely ignored and their findings cast aside. Those involved in the England bid were speculating in the media that their bid was the best, regardless of the outcome.

One expert targeted an ever more recent tournament.

Gavin Hamilton, Editor of World Soccer Magazine speaking on Sky Sports News, raised the possibility that Brazil would not be ready for 2014, and England or the USA could be ‘parachuted in’ at the last minute.

However this could just as easily be interpreted as a disappointed but partisan fan looking for solace and there is little evidence to support his theory.

Today’s Coverage:

Results of Voting Show USA Bid was Strong

World Cup Announcement Day as it happened

2022 World Cup Goes to Qatar

Russia Gets 2018 World Cup

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Boost for USA Bid as Oceania Abandons Plan to Vote

Steven and Harrison Stark on the 2018 Race

Steven and Harrison Stark on the 2022 Race

Oceania Move May Hit US Bid

Olympics to Investigate FIFA Corruption

Donovan Arrives in Zurich for Last Push for USA Bid

BBC Accuse Four More FIFA Officials by Name

FIFA Delegates Found Guilty and Banned from World Cup Voting

Sepp Blatter and the USA Bid TeamFOTO: Pressefoto ULMER


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  1. Gee… certainly no corruption involved in THAT decision.

    Qatar? As in adjacent to TWO theaters of war? Obviously the best choice from a security standpoint, eh?

  2. I thought the same thing about world unrest and the area. Hard to believe they voted for Qatar. That is going to be some HOT games.

  3. I think the lack of investment in large soccer only stadiums cost the US the bid. The MLS stadiums would only be used for training sites!

  4. I don’t really think it is THAT hard to believe. After all, this is, was, and always will be about one thing… MONEY.

  5. We brought the wrong presidents to the party. Dissapointed, but at least flights aren’t too bad. I would go to Russia before Qatar though.

  6. Disappointing, but it could be worse. Next time, we can propose venues that are actual soccer towns, like Denver, Chicago, and bay area, instead of soccer voids like Indianapolis and Nashville.

  7. Official Announcement from Qatar!!!
    Walk up tickets will be available for the US vs Isreal game. Everyone gets in free at the half.

  8. From what I’ve been reading this is touted as the first world cup in the arab world. This is FIFA’s atempt to make inroads into different markets… along the lines of Japan/Korea 2002. With Russia selected for 2018.

    My guess is that the next world cups afterwards will probably be in Australia and China. It’s really a shame we couldn’t have the cup here in the States. That would of been a real treat

  9. Really? Qatar? What a joke! It’s a frigen desert! Temperatures will never be under 105* except for inside all the stadiums yet to be built. What will they do with them after the World Cup? What will tourists do after the match? Drinking booze is prohibited in in Qatar. They probably stone you for it. It’s going to be a disaster. I predict many, many empty seats. FIFA has outlived it’s usefulness. It’s time for another governing body.