News / Europe

Russia to Host World Cup in 2018, Qatar in 2022

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces the World Cup host countries for 2018 and 2022 at the federation's headquarters in Zurich, 02 Dec 2010
FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces the World Cup host countries for 2018 and 2022 at the federation's headquarters in Zurich, 02 Dec 2010
Jennifer Glasse

Two nations that have never hosted major soccer tournaments have been chosen to host the next two World Cup events in 2018 and 2022. Russia will host the first, the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar - the second. The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, expected to bring in billions of dollars in revenue to the host nations.

Six nations combined to put together four bids to host the 2018 World Cup. Spain and Portugal teamed up, as did the Netherlands and Belgium. Russia and England were the other two contenders. Twenty-two members of the executive committee of football's ruling body, FIFA, cast votes. FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced the winner.

"The 2018 FIFA World Cup, ladies and gentleman, will be organized in Russia."

Russia will have to build new stadiums and infrastructure such as airports and train lines to cater to the hundreds of thousands expected to come to the tournament.

Russia's deputy prime minister, Igor Shuvalov was jubilant as he accepted the gold  World Cup trophy.

"You have entrusted us with [the] FIFA World Cup for 2018, and I just can promise, we all can promise you will never regret [it]. Let us make history together."

The theme of the Russian bid was "ready to inspire."  Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Russia will do everything possible to stage a good World Cup. He was not in Zurich for the announcement. FIFA President Blatter offered his congratulations.

"I am sure that to organize the World Cup in that region - in this continent, and Russia is a continent, will do a lot of good to this part of the world. Congratulations to Russia," he said.

Blatter then announced the host of the 2022 games.

"Shall I recall the candidates, Australia, Japan, Korea, Qatar, United States of America. The winner to organize the 2022 FIFA World Cup is Qatar," he said.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani headed his nation's bid.

"Thank you for believing in change, thank you for believing in expanding the game, thank you for giving Qatar a chance, and we will not let you down. You will be proud of us, you will be proud of the Middle East and I promise you this."

Qatar, too, will have to build new facilities to accommodate the games.

The lobbying process was highly competitive, Australia sent supermodel Elle Macpherson, the United States had actor Morgan Freeman, former president Bill Clinton and, on film, President Obama. Britain's prime minister, star soccer player David Beckham and Prince William campaigned for England.

The choices of Russia and Qatar sends soccer's largest event to parts of the world it has never been before.

In an earlier version of this story we incorrectly titled Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as President. VOA regrets the error.

You May Like

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote a Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid