November 30th, 2010
06:24 PM ET

Which countries should host the World Cup?

The FIFA organization has come under scrutiny ahead of Thursday's World Cup vote.
The FIFA organization has come under scrutiny ahead of Thursday's World Cup vote.

In the last few days, I have been asked several times who I think FIFA is going to pick to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

My answer has always been the same. I have no clue. For 2018 it is tough to pick between the growing economic powerhouse of Russia, who have never hosted before, the "home of football" England who have not welcomed or won the event since 1966, the Iberian flair of Portugal and Spain or the pragmatic approach of Holland and Belgium.

For 2022 the selection is also complex. The U.S. you would think has a strong case after its inaugural hosting in 1994, but winning the vote is all about making friends and the fallout of the Wikileaks releases may have soured a few key relations at the wrong time.

Both Korea and Japan have been relatively recent hosts (as joint organizers in 2002) while Qatar's climate would surely make playing games in June a tough proposition despite the desire take the game to an important new region. Australia are famed for their love of sport, but are they passionate enough about football to give the event the buzz of the Sydney Olympics?

The options are tough enough but it is impossible to predict how the executive committee is going to vote because there is so much politics involved.

What I know for sure is that the World Cup decision should not come down to a roomful of executives. There should be a much larger electorate and it should feature a wider range of people of more ages and backgrounds.

Which nation will host 2018 World Cup?

The current committee is like an exclusive old boys' club. Most of these gentlemen are in their 50s and 60s, if not older, and have been part of the hierarchy for over 10 years.

They have built such intertwined personal relationships that in many ways they are as familiar as a family. But does this mean they have lost the ability to to be objective when it comes to dealing with the many people they know well-connected to the countries that are bidding to host the tournament?

I am not going to comment on the allegations of corruption surfacing from a Sunday Times sting operation or a BBC program. Money never actually changed hands when the newspaper approached the executive committee members in question, and the officials implicated in the television report were cleared in court a few years back.

However, the revelations will no doubt impact the thoughts of the chosen few bestowed with the power to vote on who should host future tournaments. They are a family after all and any such knock to the collective reputation - accurate or otherwise - will have hurt collective feelings, no doubt about it.

As far as the World Cup vote is concerned, let's take a look at how it should change. In my mind, the hosts should be decided in the following manner:

– Every one of FIFA's 208 member associations should have an internally-elected representative who would take part in the vote.

– These elected representatives would have terms of four to six years, so they would never vote on more than one World Cup host ballot.

– All members would gather in Zurich and vote until an absolute majority winner is found.

These measures would surely help to freshen up the image of FIFA and in my view they would represent a more balanced and fair reflection of what the football world thinks and feels.

And surely, with each voter having less power, the chances they would be approached with bribes would surely diminish? Either way, it will be as much a surprise to me as to the millions of fans tuning in around the world when the host are finally announced. But maybe you know something I don't?

Editor's Note: Watch FIFA's World Cup announcement live on from 1500 GMT (1000 ET).

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Football
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Brian Clark

    Logic tells us that it is Russia's turn to hold the World Soccer Championship in Moscow !! ........yes, it's that simple !

    December 1, 2010 at 3:56 am | Reply
  2. Cam


    December 1, 2010 at 4:39 am | Reply
  3. sd


    or Japan

    December 1, 2010 at 4:40 am | Reply
  4. NoName221

    The question is not "Which countries should host the World Cup?" but "Which countries have the biggest money bag to bribe officials at FIFA?". The country with the biggest money bag will win.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:17 am | Reply
  5. Karl Lusbec

    Great article Pedro,
    I think England and the US will be chosen for respectively 2018 and 2022. Although the recent BBC report, the england bid remains strong!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:13 am | Reply
  6. Rueben

    Maybe it would be possible that China could host the 2018 world cup.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:27 am | Reply
  7. sara

    Qatar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or Australia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:51 am | Reply
  8. chinaemerem

    for fairness, 2018 should go to Russia if they are as prepared and capable as other contending nations, and 2022 to either australia or qatar if the temperatures can be controlled

    December 1, 2010 at 10:09 am | Reply
  9. Mark


    December 1, 2010 at 10:25 am | Reply
  10. kasonde

    2022 -should go to Australia, they have not hosted it and have hosted the Olympics. if not the Qarter or the USA.

    Japan and Korea should forget they had great world cup but they only hosted it 8 years ago they gave to be fair to others.

    2018 I think Netherlands should get it they have not hosted it before le them have it,

    I would say either Spain or England would be my second choice

    i AM not sure about Russia because of racial problems they face in some parts of their country

    December 1, 2010 at 10:45 am | Reply
  11. Julius

    England 2018
    Qatar 2022

    December 1, 2010 at 11:35 am | Reply
  12. John


    December 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  13. Anthony

    I am all for England. I think it is about time for England to host it. They have done a lot for soccer fans right round the world. For example: My weekends are much more exciting if there are premiership games. I am always bored during the break prior to the start of a new season. ENGLAND; ENDLAND; ENGLAND.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  14. Brian

    Simple – the country that has the best all round case – England
    but as usual it will not be................................

    December 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  15. Harry

    Let it be ENGLAND. 1966 is far back

    December 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  16. James

    Maybe~ Russia 2018, Corea 2022

    December 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  17. Tezel

    Would love to see Qatar host FIFA 2022

    December 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  18. Farah

    U S A!! U S A!!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  19. Mike

    Russia is particularly interesting. Many are quick to point out that it's "their turn", but I have concerns about their horrifically archaic travel policies. Granted it's easier to reach for most fans than Australia, but their visa processes and travel restrictions on foreigners are a logistical nightmare. Would these cause problems for potential fans, or might the hosting of a World Cup (in addition to the 2014 Sochi games) push the government to lift their archaic and ridiculous travel restrictions?

    Qatar is also a fantastically interesting choice. The weather issue is huge, but if anybody has the technical capability (and money) to overcome that issue, it's Qatar.

    Though I personally hope the U.S. takes the 2022 cup. Seeing this amazing sport on home turf would be thoroughly fantastic.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  20. Ian

    My Forecast – these are the most appropriate choices for the World Cup soccer championship – open to all nations – first two due to be announced tomorrow.

    2018 should be ENGLAND
    2022 should be AUSTRALIA
    2026 should be USA
    2030 should be Russia/Eastern Europe
    2034 should be a Middle East multi-country combined location
    2038 should be a European multi-country combined location including Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway.
    2042 should be France, Spain & Portugal
    2046 should be Italy, Malta and Greece.
    2050 should be joint Far East – China, Japan, Korea
    2054 back to the home of the game – England.

    What's the problem ? It's easy!
    Ian – still playing competitively and having fun at 67.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  21. soccerFan

    ich würd sagen...wenn keiner möchte werden wir wieder gute Gastgeber wie 1974/2006...!
    I would say .. if nobody else wants to Germany would be good hosts like we were in 1974 and 2006! ... otherwise i can say let the next world cup come ...where is it... ohhh BRAZIL!.... EUROPE needs the learn the dance samba or lambada... there nice dances... next 2014.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  22. Mike

    I am hoping for England 2018 and Japan 2022. But unfortunately, that wouldn't be the case. It would probably be Russia 2018 and Australia 2022.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  23. Sergio

    I'm from Spain and frankly, I hope we don't get it. These things always drain money from public coffers and we have enough problems running the country as it is.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  24. mitkum

    Why not Canada?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  25. mike


    December 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  26. Vanessa

    if we are comparing the host countries to the hosting of the olympics, then its fair to say that Russia should get it. Brazil got the 2014 world cup and the summer 2016 olympics. So Russia having the winter 2014 olympics might be getting the world cup 2018? although i am partial to both spain and the netherlands because they've never hosted before. For 2022 i would say USA or Austrailia.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  27. Amit

    LOL @ India hosting it. India couldnt even host common wealth games properly.

    I vote for Russia in 2018 and for Qatar in 2022 !

    December 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  28. Forlan

    URUGUAY FOR 2030!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  29. to Brian Clark

    Brian, it is not called the World Soccer Championship, it is called the FIFA World Cup. Also, world cups are not hosted in any one city, they are hosted several cities. Finally, you present no logic in your argument.

    Here is some logic: before 2002 all world cups were hosted by either Latin America (exc. USA 1994) or Europe (because that is where most of the fans were) and the continents would alternate every four years. Then Korea and Japan hosted the 2002 edition because football in Asia was increasingly popular, 2006 went to Germany, 2010 to South Africa, and 2014 will be in Brazil. In my opinion, the world cup should go to Australia in 2018, and to Qatar in 2022; it should be Europe's turn again in 2026, and Latin America again in 2030 (probably Uruguay as that is where the first WC was played in 1930).

    December 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  30. shm

    2022 I want Korea will be a winner... 2018 is out of my mind....

    December 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  31. edin


    December 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  32. Webmaster


    December 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  33. MBH

    QATAR 2022

    December 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  34. lasoccerprincessa

    or INDIA!!! or anywhere in Southern Asia, we should give them a chance.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  35. Abhishek

    2018 Afghanistan
    2022 Pakistan
    2026 Iran
    2030 Iraq
    2034 Yemen

    December 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  36. Vincent

    HOLLAND 2018 for sure!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  37. rianharris

    2018 – England
    2022 – USA

    No chance for QATAR . Nothing is there in QATAR to Enjoy the Life .June & July Outside Temperature will be 50deg . Who will Survey Outside ?

    Only the Labours will Survey . Not Executives . Only Inside the Stadium will be 25deg , But Outside it will be Killing HOT SUMMER in all Gluf Countries .

    So I will Support USA or any other Country not QATAR

    December 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  38. Nady

    QATAR 2022 GOOOOOO!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  39. omar

    2034 for NEPAL

    December 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  40. Jon

    Very stupid article. Clearly, FIFA could care less about wikileaks. USA will host.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  41. EL

    QATAR 2022!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  42. jack

    2018; will be england and corea will be hosted for 2022, i guess...

    December 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  43. Dutch guy


    Why England? And than you say that countries like Germany (who are 2x bigger than england should host together with other countries? And France is also bigger than England. The country is 2x the UK.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  44. Tarek

    Qatar 2022

    December 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  45. Joseph

    Qatar should never host the world cup. For one, women will not allowed to attend and sit in the same areas as men, you can't wear short sleeves or shorts, women have to cover their heads all these because of respect of the muslin culture; west countries will have to be in high state of alert for terrorist trying to kill them, brazilian women will not wear shorts, skirts or anything similar because they will insult the muslin people. Qatar can't host the world cup

    December 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  46. Moe

    Qatar should host the 2022, Great country. Who else would pour 55 billion USD for a world cup, and then donate all the pitches to developing nations.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  47. YORK

    ONLY RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  48. namisha

    @ rianharris, you have no logic... QUATAR!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  49. Ball Head

    Looking forward to seeing you (Pedro Pinto) again, in IBERIA 2018.
    Saw you in Joburg 2010.

    US and England have had their chance.
    Russia 2022. They need a few more years to be ready....

    Portugal and Spain are ready. They have the infrustructure and of course the players.... Peace...

    December 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  50. Abhishek

    North Korea for sure 2018
    and Afghanistan for 2022

    December 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  51. johnny

    joint USA CANADA

    December 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  52. Oranje

    The Netherlands&Belgium for 2018 and Australia for 2022!
    And Holland will win the 2018 World cup in Holland!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  53. Michael

    Australia 2022 for sure!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  54. kamran

    neeepaaaaaaaaaaaal neeeeeeeeeeeeeepaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal nepal

    December 1, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  55. kamran

    why not 3rd world countries ... it will help develop the stituations there and will also give new energy and enthusiasm for the population .......if only "the people" would spend a tiny bit warmness from the lap of luxury they get .... free speech

    December 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  56. K.S Yame

    South Korea for 2022~ Viva Korea

    December 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  57. George

    Hope not some dictatorship like Russia. These kind of prestigious events are not supposed to be used by wrong regimes to solidify their positions. Likewise the 2008 Olympic shouldn't have gone to China. Not to countries who don't give a damn about human rights or democracy.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  58. Sasha


    December 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  59. Patrick

    Spain/Portugal should definitely get it not just because Spain won the 2010 World Cup, but because Spain and Germany loaned most of the money to bail out Greece and now after the EU bails out Ireland the next two countries to be bailed out will be Portugal then Spain, so logic tells you that Spain/Portugal should get it to generate the revenue for the economy to help lighten the burden of the bailout so that the rest of the people in Europe don't have to continue on the slippery slope...
    Unless the EU and the ECB and the UN and IMF have other plans to tighten their grips on the people's freedoms and bank accounts...
    but thats just my personal need to get all argumentative about it...thank you

    December 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  60. Dave

    I don't know who will host the 2018 Cup, but have no idea why Brazil has been chosen to host 2014. Im in Brazil right now about 1 hour south of Rio. When you travel back and forth between Rio and where I am situated, you only see poverty, filth, and what looks like complete chaos. Where there is police stations on the main highway, the road is closed to one lane and you drive through a sort of "check-point-charlie" while staring down the barrel of an M16 (finger on the trigger). And I saw this same thing last December when I was here, so it's not just because of the Cartel crack downs. Not sure how the football fans will take to this sort of action. Anyway, just thought I would throw in my three "Real"!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  61. Vince


    December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  62. Dennis

    The world is about money so Putin bid the highest offer for the cup.
    Going once, going twice…sold to the man from Moscow

    December 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  63. masood


    December 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  64. ali


    December 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  65. WC

    Incredible India!

    December 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  66. SAM

    Qatar , with regard tohot climate, technology proved that they can bring down the temp to 27 degrees

    December 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  67. OwenChen

    Will we have the future after 2012?

    If we have the future, the host will be Taiwan

    December 2, 2010 at 12:00 am | Reply
  68. Albi

    For 2018 it should be England, they have all the requieremnets to hold the Event, and for 2022 should be Australia, a beautiful country, safety for everybody to enjoy. Recently hosted the Olympic Games suscefully, and many others internationally Events. Almost all the requierements are there, although the event is 12 years away. The weather in Australia is perfect, and the people are extremely friendly.
    All the countries of the world are here represented.
    All Asian and India's countries are very close, and with the latest info technology distance is not a problem. The economy of Australia is one of the best in the world.
    It should be Australia... It must be Australia...

    December 2, 2010 at 12:09 am | Reply
  69. bobby

    2018 Spain-Portugal. Would be great.
    2022. 1. Japan, 2. Qatar

    December 2, 2010 at 12:10 am | Reply
  70. Mary

    2018 USA

    2022 QATAR.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:36 am | Reply
  71. waterkim

    2018 england
    2022 korea

    excellent choice

    December 2, 2010 at 1:18 am | Reply
  72. Domenic Pulone

    Australia has got to have the World Cup Hosting rights for 2022. The US has only had it recently in 1994 and Australia hosted the greatest Olympics ever in 2000. The World Cup would be the icing on the cake!

    December 2, 2010 at 1:20 am | Reply
  73. Brad

    As I'm half English and half Australian (Dad is a Pom, Mum an Aussie), I would love 2018 to go to England and 2022 to Australia.

    But I have a feeling Russia will get 2018 and Qatar have bribed enough to get 2022.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:25 am | Reply
  74. Fahad ALMaadeed

    In sha-allah Qatar will Get The host of 2022 🙂 100%

    December 2, 2010 at 2:28 am | Reply
  75. Fahad ALMaadeed

    Russia will also get the host of 2018 🙂 100%

    December 2, 2010 at 2:29 am | Reply
  76. Justin

    Paul the Octopus predicted Spain to win the '10 Cup. If he were still with us, he'd predict Spain to host it in '18.

    December 2, 2010 at 2:36 am | Reply
  77. Joe

    EVERYONE promoting a country who isn't bidding for the 2018/2022 need to wake up and understand it's not a random pick.

    2018 – England – Spain was in '82 and having it every 12 years in a Euro country isn't good publicity – 98 France, 06 Germany. Russia can pay for lots of stuff, but this isn't about building stadiums anymore.

    2022 – USA – South Korea and Japan were 02, Australia had a horrid time getting Rugby to buy off on it, and having 3 of 4 games south of the equator isn't good for tourists. Qatar is a horrible place to host, when you think about the costs and then the party atmosphere, not to mention the security threats possible.

    December 2, 2010 at 2:44 am | Reply
  78. Julius

    @ reuben: China is said to bid for the 2026 Cup.

    IMO, 2018 goes to Russia, 2022 to USA or Australia.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:06 am | Reply
  79. David

    i believe the the fair outcome would be England due the the strong bid they have put forward.

    also 2022 should be Australia ,Again strong bid
    Japan , Korea and USA have hosted world cup recently and i think that will work against them seeing FIFA is promoting a World Game.
    Qatar still have the issue of the heat. i think that it will be something to hard to overcome.

    all we can hope for is safe events in this day and age.
    also hope to see full stadiums unlike South Africa.

    all the best to all the nations i'm sure who ever wins will not let down the football family.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:20 am | Reply
  80. Ricardo

    PORTUGAL & SPAIN – 2018
    USA – 2022

    December 2, 2010 at 3:40 am | Reply
  81. ruben

    its up to fifa to decide but the winning nation should make sure its not like indias comonwealth games like preparation.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:43 am | Reply
  82. Phil

    Australia will win the final sometime in the next two or three events , whether or not it is ever held Down Under, and when they do break through they'll win again and again in the 21st century. But hey what do I care – Rugby League is the real footy game!

    December 2, 2010 at 3:51 am | Reply
  83. Steven

    2018: Holland
    2022: USA

    December 2, 2010 at 4:37 am | Reply
  84. Ji

    2018 England
    2022 Korea.

    Best choice.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:42 am | Reply
  85. Alpha Zulu


    December 2, 2010 at 5:16 am | Reply
  86. Andrew Johns

    THe US shouldn't worry about Australia's bid. The overwhelmingly majority of Australians oppose the bid and there is a rumour sweeping Australia that the new governments in some states and the Federal opposition will withdraw support for the bid even if Austrlaia wins as it will cost $2.5Bn according to the government who traditionally massively under-estimate costs and have wracked up over a hundred billion in debt.

    December 2, 2010 at 5:37 am | Reply
  87. Julian

    England has already got the fantastic football games all year long in this give the games to others perhaps Russia is the better place go ahead Russia...

    December 2, 2010 at 5:51 am | Reply
  88. Homer

    I think England has a very good case for 2018.
    If they do win it that will be great for UK. How easy it will be for fans from the rest of the world remains to be seen.

    I have a feeling Qatar might spring a surprise. Not the strongest bid but compelling due to other factors. US the strongest bid needs the WC for financial reasons rather than footballing ones.

    Hope football wins the day.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:24 am | Reply
  89. Upakar

    It should be in NEPAL. it shall give a chance to uplift Nepalese people. So nepal nepal nepal

    December 2, 2010 at 6:43 am | Reply
  90. JIM

    I think Indonesia is a good place to host World Cup either 2018 or 2022. Long live Indonesia:)IIIIIINNNNNNDDDDDDOOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEESSSSSSIIIIIIAAAAAA!!!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 6:44 am | Reply
  91. zarco

    qatar has the great chance for 2022 and they deserve to have it.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:45 am | Reply
  92. Ibrahim

    I vote for Russia in 2018 and for Qatar in 2022 !

    December 2, 2010 at 6:48 am | Reply
  93. Veekay


    December 2, 2010 at 6:58 am | Reply
  94. Jhanseek

    Everyone are sleeping? Spain will be the next host of the world-cup. You can see the country management and experience of football tournaments. Anyway Spain is the champion of the world so i think blatter will decide for Spain.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:59 am | Reply
  95. Naveen

    I suggest England in 2018 and Russia in 2022 and Australia in 2026... Let us see.....

    December 2, 2010 at 7:16 am | Reply
  96. yjm


    December 2, 2010 at 7:19 am | Reply
  97. willy JUNES


    December 2, 2010 at 7:26 am | Reply
  98. aaa

    Qatar .. people will experience new taste of living in a gulf country during summer season.. everywhere is air conditioned. will never feel that you are in the summer season. just come and enjoy

    December 2, 2010 at 7:30 am | Reply
  99. Arnold

    @joseph you probably is referring to Middle East in the early stage of civilization. i suggest you do some research before saying these things:

    Joseph December 1st, 2010 7:45 pm ET
    Qatar should never host the world cup. For one, women will not allowed to attend and sit in the same areas as men, you can't wear short sleeves or shorts, women have to cover their heads all these because of respect of the muslin culture; west countries will have to be in high state of alert for terrorist trying to kill them, brazilian women will not wear shorts, skirts or anything similar because they will insult the muslin people. Qatar can't host the world cup

    December 2, 2010 at 7:59 am | Reply
  100. Hala would do lotsa good to this country!

    December 2, 2010 at 7:59 am | Reply
  101. Ali

    in Afghanistan is possible, because there are > 100000 NATO & US Army present
    no problem of security


    December 2, 2010 at 8:02 am | Reply
  102. Zubair Sikandar

    @ Abishek why not ....Pakistan can be.We Pakistani producing 70 % soccer balls form Sialkot-Pakistan for all over the world....and we are capable to make any arangment......

    December 2, 2010 at 8:27 am | Reply
  103. SMA

    Qatar 2022 is the place to be, where West meets East, the world has seen Qatar hosting The Asian Games 2006, The Asia Cup 2011 is here, it's their passion for the game and sports, All for Qatar
    12 eco-friendly, carbon-neutral stadiums

    December 2, 2010 at 8:36 am | Reply
  104. worldcupforspain


    December 2, 2010 at 8:49 am | Reply
  105. AR RAHMAN

    2022 shoul be coming on QATAR

    December 2, 2010 at 8:54 am | Reply
  106. Korean

    Of cource, Korea will be win.

    December 2, 2010 at 9:01 am | Reply
  107. LWC18

    2018: HollandBelgium
    2022: Australia

    December 2, 2010 at 9:14 am | Reply
  108. summ

    its definitely just qatar iz going to bid..............FIFA WORLD CUP....wn should be qatar....Wishing Qatar all thje best for today,,,,

    December 2, 2010 at 9:19 am | Reply
  109. Arun

    the 2022 Edition should be in Qatar, because it will boost the whole region.

    December 2, 2010 at 9:30 am | Reply
  110. almond94

    south korea/japan, or qatar 😀 Not the european, please...its always them winning. let the asians get a chance 🙂

    December 2, 2010 at 10:08 am | Reply
  111. Guti

    Of course ..2018....England

    December 2, 2010 at 11:04 am | Reply
  112. abokyase

    why is everybody avoiding Holland/Belgium? they have the best bid, transportation and proximity is top, nice voetball weather and top stadia

    December 2, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  113. sean

    we don't need to discuss this... the world is ending 2012 anyway...

    December 2, 2010 at 11:35 am | Reply
  114. Axel

    2018 – Russia
    2022 – Australia
    I think that would be fair.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:55 am | Reply
  115. Patroclus

    Netherlands – Belgium | Pays-Bas – Belgique | Niederlande – Belgien|
    Nederland – België | Alankomaat – Belgia | Países Bajos – Bélgica | Paessi Bassi – Belgio | Nederländerna – Belgien | Holanda – Bélgica | Holandsko – Belgicko | Nizozemsko – Belgiji | 2018

    December 2, 2010 at 11:58 am | Reply
  116. Mike

    Let our older cuzins the brits have it in 2018 and then us aussies in 2022. Everyone in our country wants it. We love sport!!! We are perfect for the job. Infrastructure is first world + we have the money and the spirit. GO AUSTRALIA!!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:58 am | Reply
  117. Evelyn

    Being Dutch I, of course, am bias and will vouch for a joint Netherlands/Belgium in 2018. Not only does the Netherlands have the facilities and infrastructure to pull it off with ease, but it would be an incredible experience for visiting football fans because the Dutch go all-out when it comes to football. One word: ORANGE.

    But it would be great to see 2018 world cup in England.

    As for 2022 I think Australia should get it. South Korea/Japan hosted in 2002: give someone else a chance. As for the US ... Sorry, I know there are Americans who are football (or, as they call it, "soccer" *cringe*) fans, but why should the least football-enthousiastic country host the mecha of football tournaments (again)?

    December 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  118. Red Devils

    Give the chance to small countries, promote the beautiful game & be fair play in the POLL...

    December 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  119. kevin

    I went to the match Brazil Argintina in Doha Qatar and i tell you they can do it and 2022 will be in Doha

    December 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  120. Louis

    I hope it will be Holland and Belgium- they are both great footballing nations have the infrastructure and organisational abilities to do a great job – like they did in the Euros. Holland has especially done great things for world football- after 3 lost World Cup Finals they deserve it !

    December 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  121. Jones

    It seems everybody is just selfish, what Africa again in 2018 or 2022, have you all forgoten how South Africa has done it,

    December 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  122. khadar

    let the Netherlands and Belgium host 2018 and the 2022 for the Kangaroos

    December 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  123. Biraj

    Omar, Nepal will surely host worldcup even before 2034....Jai nepal!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  124. mattc

    Its time the world cup came back to the home of football. COME ON ENGLAND!

    December 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  125. R

    North Korea or Iran!

    December 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  126. rizarth

    INDIA? 2018?

    we dont have promo video. But we will try the best.

    Now, India wins to host 2018 fifa worldcup football event..

    Pop-in. "Celebrate with Dairymilk Chocalate".

    Organising committee is formed. Some old politician Mr.Gilmadi will be incharge and will takeaway 95% money. Once the players starts coming, he will search in wikipedia "dimensions of football stadium". Donot know what to do, and by bribing the fifa authorities, and with very less money for games, he will convince every1 tht balloons as footballs and beaches are grounds. construction work will be done by army in the last min. In the meantime bin laden and his pals will self-immigrate into Kashmir with noone in the security check. 'terrorist came into the country. full nation alert.' government will pull all the military from Kashmir to protect the games. Cover stories, 'ground-zero' 'ground-10km' bullshits will be aired to keep every1 busy discussing 'whether or not?'. In the construction side, stairs falling down, roofs flying off, Mr.Gilmadi will announce "tickets soldout". If u think it is a tactical statement, as tickets soldout noone will attempt to come to know about the condition of so-called-stadium. players will buy sarees and henna for their GFs and attending parties. Finally, the stadium is ready for ceremony.

    With some bolly actress dance and arrahman 'jai ho' or 'sunil ho', games will be concluded with 'Indian army as winners'.

    Messi, ronaldo, rooney would have thought it as a opening ceremony, will be flying to the venues. Actually they are boarded to the plane back to their respective countries with a pack of indian sweets. Actually it is a "Very very different WC ever for the world" and the players are spectators of the evergreen drama of "INDIAN POLITICS".

    Next day newspaper headlines "2018 Foodball Worldcup. Great success" with pictures of bolly actress dance photos.

    Reading this news a innocent, honest commoner will wonder "Which theater playing this movie?". Thats the power of combination of evil media, criminal politicians.

    India, really is as good as.. even better than most countries. Unlucky to have our people's belief in these rotten politicians.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  127. sean

    and if it doesn't end then... 2022 qatar (it's too dry to play the vuvuzela!)
    ... and 2018 england

    December 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  128. Jitendra Madhav Ramchandani

    Should be in Belgium and Holland, the land of Gullit and Rijkard this time...

    December 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  129. tuan

    2018: England


    December 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  130. Infante


    December 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  131. AnyonebutQatar!

    Qatar?! Madness. Not a chance!

    Look at Qatar! It's so small, you can hardly see it on the World Map!

    Small size-Results in less accommadations, I mean, come on! How many stadiums are there in Qatar?! Are there enough hotels, motels etc. to support that many people?! And quite honestly, when Qatar hosted the Asian Games, it was a nightmare, literally! And that's only the Asian Games! Imagine the World Cup!

    And hasn't Qatar learned it's lesson from hosting the Asian Games? If they do have a successful bid for the World Cup, I'm sure all the people who actually do get in there will complain about the horrible smell!

    Someone rule out Qatar. Quickly, before someone gets hurt!

    Then again, I'd like to see Qatar host the World Cup, maybe then they will learn their lesson.

    I won't miss Qatar.

    December 2, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  132. hydesh

    never korea, that would be a nightmare
    players should be protected from laser beams on the pitch and noises on the streets outside the hotels

    December 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  133. flaming jesus

    Spain/Portugal 2018
    Qatar 2022

    The US is just not up to par in regards to world standards, to host the games, given it has such a low standard of living, high crime and gun death rates, very poor technology ratings, poor healthcare, etc. Once the US catches up with the rest of the planet in these regards, it could be considered to host the games.

    December 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  134. Ahmed Mahdi

    Nederland and Belgium 2018

    December 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  135. Joël Van Kerkhoven

    2018 : Russia
    2022 : Australia

    December 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  136. somalia


    December 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  137. Ahmed Mahdi

    Holland Ad Bulgium 2018
    Qatar 2022

    December 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  138. Sina Oyekola

    2018 – England

    2022- Qatar

    December 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  139. SC

    ...Afghanistan !!!

    December 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  140. HannsIvanovichHagen

    россия вперёд! 🙂

    December 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  141. dfirefox83

    Russia definitely has an interesting one. I don't mind seeing the World Cups from this country be hosted. It's out of the ballpark and different, I think.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  142. k. s. contehkel

    I think England is ready to host the 2018 world cup because they are so passonate about football. This is obvious because of the attendance irrespective of the team that is playing in the premier league. Therefore we can see a lot more in the world cup.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  143. Emir

    I think that politics took its part again and that could be seen as a reason Russia won the place of host for 2018 World Cup

    December 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  144. Ako Amadi

    I was shocked listening to the CNN correspondent Pedro Pinto in showing his disappointment at FIFA's choices, describe Brazil, Russia and Quatar as "uncharted territiory." Many of us are sick of this sort of parochialism in a lobalized world. why must a few nations host the World Cup, and develop their economy all the time all the time, and the rest of the world watch on TV. Look at how refreshing it was in South Africa!!

    December 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  145. dario

    One more time what the people want is different from the FIFA decision. Surveys for 2018 shows Rusia at the bottom instead FIFA decide to select this country. All my respect to Rusia. Great team and country but not what the people vote for. Same with Qatar for 2022.
    Need to get back to the roots of soccer.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  146. Shauru

    I say change the game to every 3 years, that way more countries can be in it. In 21 years, 7 countries can do it instead of 4.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  147. Steve Bellinger

    Fully airconditioned, open stadiums! that sounds very enviromentally friendly. Just goes to show fifa have lost the plot.
    Just draw balls out, to decide the outcome, you can't bribe a ball!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  148. Ankshuman Baruah

    According to me, I think Qatar deserves to host the football mega event in 2022, the first of its kind to be held in the Middle East, the richest subcontinent in the world. But, one question arises: Will the players be able to play in the blazing 50 degree Celsius sunshine, will they be able to withstand the heat? Well, Qatar has an answer for that. Not Qatar actually, but money will speak to answer this question. Ever imagined Air conditioned Stadiums? According to reports, Qatar has envisioned of building 9 air-conditioned stadiums, in which billions of dollars will be spent by the Qatar Govt. It's really good to hear Qatar saw off votes from countries like Korea, Japan etc. World Cup GALA comes to ASIA!
    -By Ankshuman Baruah, Mumbai

    December 3, 2010 at 7:59 am | Reply
  149. timlow12

    glad the evil American did not win the bid. The U.N should also be move out from New York, for a long time now the American is the world greatest trouble-maker, the most dishonest nation, they shame the name of God, and Obama is the most stupid president, even doubting about the Qatar abilities to host the world cup

    December 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  150. David

    In the cold hard light of day, FIFA is the right and proper body to oversee the World game, so calls of a breakaway association is immature and reactionary.
    Yet, if ever there was a call for regime chance, then the Exco 22 are a text book example. Rife with corruption, low morals and even fewer ethics, Sepp Blatter and his crew of smiling assassins should hang there heads in shame and be unceremoniously shown the door. Nothing short of a complete restructure of FIFA and its member conferences must be adopted now.
    Until such a change takes place, all nations should not only seriously reconsider putting there hand up as a host nation for the World Cup, but should also reconsider qualification for it. From this moment on, every nation that does host it is now shrouded in a cloud of collusion with a serpent worthy of scorn and distaste, and the biggest loser will be the game itself.

    December 4, 2010 at 2:00 am | Reply
  151. Walter - Belgium

    The English are poor loosers, they forget one thing the Russian bid might hbe better.
    I still believe it is an excellent policy of FIFA to organize these events in new areas, it opens the world and creates a lot of opportunity in these areas. Iam concinced that the Russian organisation will be example. The same comments were made for the organisation of the Olympics in China and see what a succes it was!

    December 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  152. Prince

    Am very happy to see Russia win this WC 2018. I understand England's disappointment especially losing to no other country than Russia, however, England must get over it.

    The media has every right to express itself but I believe the timing of their attack on FIFA was not the best definitely U cant attack them and ask for their help at the same time, its the truth though it hurts.

    England can not dictate to FIFA, FIFA has chosen let us support the winning countries and not undermine them with further attacks.

    December 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  153. Atman

    why 1st world has right to host world cup and 3d world has no right to host world cup ? why , there is something missing

    January 3, 2011 at 12:19 am | Reply
  154. SoccerFan

    Soccer is the best game in life.Thanks for post


    May 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  155. Liam

    Of course soccer is the best sport in life but Spain is going to host a world cup in 2018.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:04 am | Reply
  156. daylan

    braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll! or USA

    November 9, 2011 at 2:05 am | Reply

Leave a Reply to Vince


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.