2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts announced


The 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup host choices are a mix of politics and social commentary. Image: Flickr / stevendepolo / CC-BY

In a long-awaited announcement, soccer’s governing body has confirmed who will be the 2018 World Cup host and 2022 World Cup host. The 2018 World Cup tournament will be hosted in Russia. Qatargot the nod for the 2022 World Cup. Both countries are “New Lands” for soccer. Despite the excitement, the Federation International Football Association is now facing calls to reform.

2018 World Cup in Russia

Russia beat out three other bidders and will host the 2018 World Cup, despite the fact that Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin did not visit FIFA for the bid process, calling it an “unscrupulous competition,” and that was considered damaging to the bid. Russia’s World Cup bid was based on the argument that Russia is a “growing market” for soccer.

Qutar to host 2022 World Cup

Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, making it the first time the soccer tournament will be held in a Middle Eastern country. Qatar was considered a long-shot bid, and FIFA had expressed concern that the heat in Qatar would make the 2022 World Cup “unhealthy” for some competitors. Qatar promised it would air-condition stadiums. Though it is a tiny country in the Persian Gulf, Qatar marketed itself as a “strong” option for a statement about “trusting” the Middle East.

Changes to the FIFA World Cup process

Though the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts have just been announced, some are calling for a change to the bidding process. Some reformers are asking that the bid process for World Cup hosts be kept to one World Cup at a time. Others are asking for a more politically neutral review of the bids. The FIFA World Cup is a huge political and economic event, and the bid process and awarding of hosts is sure to remain controversial.

Preparing for the Brazil World Cup in 2014

Before the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, however, Brazil will host the tournament in 2014. The country has been making big preparations for the tournament that is expected to bring in more than 170,000 jobs and 80,000 foreign tourists. In many circles, the 2014 Brazil World Cup is seen as a preparatory event for the 2016 Olympics. Favelas, the shanty towns often controlled by drug lords or organized crime, are being cleaned out. The cost is high, but residents hope these high-profile sports events prove to be an economic boon.



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