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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.
ed c.
Thursday December 2, 2010 5:36 pm
what is everybody complaining bout? did you really think the USA or England would win?? putin probably told blatter - "choose russia or die"! so just about everybody in the world who wants to go to the world cup in russia has to get a visa? have you ever tried to get a visa to russia - next to impossible! yes indeed, fifa so so friggin' corrupt that it isn't funny! just frustrating to think about this crap! south africa was a flop! russia hsa more corruption and mafia than italy! qatar? well you guys made all the valid points. who wants to go to a country, 2 countries, where they don't feel safe?
mootymoo
Thursday December 2, 2010 5:26 pm
Russia OK, Qatar, a really silly damn decision. More FIFA idiocy.
Carlos
Thursday December 2, 2010 4:50 pm
Shane I TOTALLY agree with you. This is the first time that Eastern Europe has hosted the World Cup and the first former Communist country to as well. I was also wondering what's going to happen with tourists in Qatar. Will they have to be submitted to the religious laws there?

For Russia I see it as a good selection. They to me appears worthy of selection.

For Qatar I find it stupid. Now look at this point: Qatar builds 12 stadiums for the event. All the money that is going to be invested into the country and the stadium projects. Taxes will be raised a bit in Qatar. NOW after you're finished with the event you're all of a sudden going to get rid of your stadiums (REMEMBER NOW: ALL THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE AND THEIR TAX DOLLARS GOING INTO THIS) ??? Even if they decided to keep the stadiums in Qatar with what team would they fill those stadiums? Real Madrid? NO! Manchester United? NO! The Qatar All-Star team wouldn't even be able to fill those stadiums up to capacity.

Terrible decision for the 2022 World Cup
matt
Thursday December 2, 2010 4:42 pm
what Shane said...

i love the US nats, but i'm afraid club football has become a lot more intriguing than international play, and harder to ruin. i have a feeling that this corrupt cabal of bureaucrats may be getting bribe wealthy at the expense of fans, present and future, of the international game. it's hard to make a serious argument that taking the world cup to south africa, brazil, russia, and then qatar is going to be better than sending it to a more accessible country. no disrespect to these countries intended - other than they're probably easier for FIFA to exploit in terms of bribery than others, but they just aren't up to the same standard.
C.C.
Thursday December 2, 2010 3:47 pm
Disgraceful. On one hand, I feel like Gulati needs to take responsibility for this massive failure and do US Soccer a big favor at the same time by stepping down. On the other hand, I strongly suspect the only thing he could have done differently is to have greased more palms.
Shane
Thursday December 2, 2010 2:51 pm
This is outrageous! What a complete farce. I was looking forward to taking a long vacation mixed in with world cup games in England in 8 years, and then enjoying the game here in the USA a few years later.
Do you think I or anyone is having the same thoughts about travelling to a mafia style government in Russia or an oppressive religious regime in Qatar. Will they even let Israel in if they make it? Will Jews feel safe traveling to Qatar? Will Americans for that matter?
Letís take off the Political correctness and talk about some real issues here. Even if the stadiums are air cooled, the streets arenít in Qatar. Will women be allowed to dress how they want or will berkas be required? With Russia and its affiliated countries leading the world in prostitution, will you take your family there? Russia has no traveling infrastructure.
FIFA is a travesty! I honestly hope that some of the stronger nations reject FIFA and form a new governing body.
duriseti
Thursday December 2, 2010 2:14 pm
This is an outrageous outcome that was the result of either bribes or the same old BS anti-Americanism. The WC in Qatar will be an attendance failure. The only potential mitigating factor is that the Qatari royal family probably promised to make up any difference between actual receipts and FIFA's expected revenues. I have no desire to enjoy a WC in an oppressive society, and I suspect many Westerners feel similarly.
Lenin
Thursday December 2, 2010 1:25 pm
I'm really disapoianted with FIFA because USA is ten times better than Qatar.We will need to wait until 2026
Deaf65
Thursday December 2, 2010 12:13 pm
I am equally shocked at that but I have no problem with that decision as they now have approximately 10.5 years to build all those stadiums and everything else for the Cup. Although, I doubt that, but hope that it will unify the Middle East. All we can hope and perhaps USA will try again for 2026. I will be 61 then. :D
JohnC
Thursday December 2, 2010 11:48 am
come on we all know the bid for that process will be Sepp Blatters Swan Song as he rides off into the sunset collecting bribes for four world cups determined 20 years in advanced.
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