FIFA SNUBS US FOR QATAR
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
The United States Soccer Federation will be departing Zurich, Switzerland with long faces after FIFA announced the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

The US was viewed as one of the strongest finalists in addition to the Middle Eastern country and Australia.

The announcement was made this afternoon in front of dignitaries of all nations including former US president Bill Clinton.

For the last two years US Soccer and the Go USA Bid Committee, headed by former Univision president David Downs and USSF president Sunil Gulati, have traveled the globe lobbying to respective FIFA voters.

Apparently that was not enough to persuade the 22 FIFA voters who got to cast a ballot.

Japan, Korea and Australia were all eliminated in earlier rounds of voting with only the US and Qatar reaching the final round.

Qatar defeated the US in the final round of voting 14-8.

Qatar will now host the world's most celebrated sporting event in seven cities with 12 different stadiums that have yet to be constructed.

Entering the final ballot, the risk of intense heat and tournament security were seen as Qatar's biggest drawbacks however the oil-rich country has promised air-conditioned stadiums and enhanced protection for all fans and teams.

As for the US, it is unclear whether a bid for the 2026 World Cup will be made as FIFA have yet to indicate when bidding for that tournament will begin.
Carlos
Tuesday December 7, 2010 10:16 pm
Now let's see...so FIFA was investigating on a report that there was corruption in the bids...votes for money...well those countries that voted for Qatar I wonder if they're going to get those stadiums that were dismantled? Sounds like corruption to me..
Mike E.
Monday December 6, 2010 10:45 am
Dave R. - Your misnaming of the FIFA president is spot-on. Smelly old p*ss bag.
Mike E.
Monday December 6, 2010 10:41 am
There is no way Qatar can pull it off. Not a World Cup. A Club World Cup, played in much cooler weather, and without the nationalism associated with the big tournament, would be perfect for Qatar. But not the WC.

Isn't it in the FIFA by-laws that a nation hosting a Cup must have first qualified for the event at some point? Or did Sepp Bladder wipe that one away.

As far as 2018 goes, Russia already has the Sochi Olympics, so it was a solid choice, even if I myself would have brought it to England.

Time to concentrate on winning the Gold Cup.
will
Saturday December 4, 2010 9:54 pm
Qatar promised to dismantle the stadia and rebuild them as gifts to countries that are less prosperous. Like the countries of the members of the FIFA committee, quelle surprise.
sudzy
Friday December 3, 2010 6:43 am
This is a huge disappointment! That being said, it's time to put this in the rear view mirror. Waste time and energy on complaining, or find a way to channel this energy into something positive. Let's get our ducks in a row to produce the best teams that we can to showcase to others our strengths, not reinforce our negatives by whining. Resiliency has long been one of our country's hallmarks. We have another opportunity. Let's prove them wrong where it matters most: on the field.
Terry Reed
Friday December 3, 2010 2:33 am
It is a sad day in football. I am sooooo disappointed in FIFA, it isn't even funny. I have no problems with Qatar personally, but the decision to hold a W C there, goes beyond all common sense. The people voting were more than likely blinded by the idea of having highly modern air conditioned stadiums. I am also sure, the Americans were seen as arrogant in their presentation, but the bottom line comes down to what the W C will bring in the 2022, not today. I can imagine that a few countries worked out certain oil deals with Qatar, where the U.S. couldn't compete. I just don't see how a country 1/2 the size of Connecticut can build 12 new stadiums. The average capacity will probably be around 30,000-40,000 seaters, where in the States, the average would be around 60,000 seats. Not to mention the strict laws against alcohol, women and certain freedoms that most western civilizations take for granted. I am stumped, totally bewildered by this decision. HOW DID WE GET THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER US?????????????
Dave R
Thursday December 2, 2010 10:55 pm
Septic Bladder strikes again. Qatar is a EPIC BUST already.
Juan from L.A.
Thursday December 2, 2010 8:47 pm
There video presentation is beautiful. Honestly and before I get trashed I'm a hardcore US Fan but I didn't want the US to get the WC. Why? No passion we call this sport soccer. That's where it starts. And if you believe Qatar is restricted so is the US. Trust me I've been to WC 06 and it was so much fun in Germany in comparison to here in WC 94. Being Hispanic I have read news south of the Border (and no not just Mexico because there are more than 20 countries by the way) and they said the US presentation was arrogant. What a surprise. Congratulations to Qatar, there is no doubt their stadiums make the NJ Stadium and Cowboy Stadium like second rate.
Laurie
Thursday December 2, 2010 6:37 pm
Shane is completely on point. As a female soccer fan, I will not travel to either country. FIFA should have looked at tape from the MLS final in Toronto. Just to be politically correct to Canada, we allowed a night game in November. Now, to get a Nobel Peace Prize for Sepp (a suggestion from the guys at Fox Soccer this morning that seems quite apt), we are supposed to support the Cup in these repressive countries. FIFA would have never gone to South Africa when there was apartheid. How is the subjugation of women in Qatar any different?
Pasquale Quattroformaggion
Thursday December 2, 2010 6:18 pm
Is it now time for a Fed Prez who doesn't try to ingratiate himself to the whole world - a world where high-minded reminders of our diversity not only don't resonate but annoy - but instead looks after the interests of the game in his own country?

Gulati's tenure has been an embarrassment. As an employee of an MLS team he should never have been president. Votes on Montreal and Vancouver HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN HELD! You can argue all you want about the appropriateness of Canadian teams in MLS, but the fact is that the Fed needs to approve them. Under Gulati, someone paid by an investor more eager for expansion fees than to see grow fully in his own country, the Fed is expected to just go along. He re-upped the contract of a coach whose teams gave up early goals constantly and who lost to Ghana in consecutive World Cups. He pretty much allowed Warner to change the qualifying format to one that is riskier and no longer sees the US play Mexico. He failed to protest an attack on one of our players (Sanchez on Johnson) because he didn't want to piss off Mexico.

Sunil, you're the president of the USSF. Your platitudes about diversity and us being the world's second home were unconvincing. Fine, the process was probably corrupt, anyway. But now is the time for you to fall on the sword and to allow a butt-kicking pres to take over, one who will assert OUR interests. Not Warner's, or Canada's, or Kraft's, or Mexico's.
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