Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country to host FIFA World Cup 2022.

Published December 5th, 2010 - 15:01 GMT

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The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups was the process by which the locations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups were selected. The process began officially in March 2009; eleven bids from thirteen countries were received, including one which was withdrawn and one that was rejected before FIFA's executive committee voted in November 2010. Two of the remaining nine bids applied only to the 2022 World Cup, while the rest were applications, initially, for both. Over the course of the bidding, all non-European bids for the 2018 event were withdrawn, resulting in the exclusion of all European bids from consideration for the 2022 edition. By the time of the decision, bids for the 2018 World Cup consisted of a joint bid from Belgium and Netherlands, England, a joint bid from Portugal and Spain, and Russia, while bids for the 2022 World Cup came from Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, and the United States. Indonesia's bid was disqualified for lack of governmental support. Mexico withdrew its bid due to financial reasons. Continue reading below »

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Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) poses by his wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned with the World Cup trophy after the official announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.
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Image 1 of 12:  1 / 12Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) poses by his wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned with the World Cup trophy after the official announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of the Qatar 2022 bid committee, (L) raises the World Cup trophy as he stands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (C), his wife Sheikha Moza and FIFA president Joseph Blatter (R).
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Image 2 of 12:  2 / 12Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of the Qatar 2022 bid committee, (L) raises the World Cup trophy as he stands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (C), his wife Sheikha Moza and FIFA president Joseph Blatter (R).

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FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup at the FIFAheadquarters in Zurich.
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Image 3 of 12:  3 / 12FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup at the FIFAheadquarters in Zurich.

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Chairman of Qatar 2022 Bid Committee Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (C) is comforted by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned on the podium with the World Cup trophy.
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Image 4 of 12:  4 / 12Chairman of Qatar 2022 Bid Committee Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (C) is comforted by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned on the podium with the World Cup trophy.

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Fifa President Sepp Blatter (R) hands over the World Cup trophy to the Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) and his wife.
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Image 5 of 12:  5 / 12Fifa President Sepp Blatter (R) hands over the World Cup trophy to the Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) and his wife.

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Members of the Qatari delegation celebrate following the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
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Image 6 of 12:  6 / 12Members of the Qatari delegation celebrate following the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

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Japanese soccer fans watch television on Qatar's Emir being congratulated by FIFA President Sepp Blatter after they were announced as the 2022 World Cup host country at 'M-SPO' sports bar in Tokyo.
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Image 7 of 12:  7 / 12Japanese soccer fans watch television on Qatar's Emir being congratulated by FIFA President Sepp Blatter after they were announced as the 2022 World Cup host country at "M-SPO" sports bar in Tokyo.

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Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Missned (car L), wife of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, waves to the crowds as she arrives with her grandchildren to Doha coming from Zurich.
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Image 8 of 12:  8 / 12Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Missned (car L), wife of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, waves to the crowds as she arrives with her grandchildren to Doha coming from Zurich.

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Iraqi football fans show their support to Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup as they attend the 20th Gulf Cup semi-final football match between Iraq and Kuwait in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Kuwait won on penalty shots after a 2-2 draw.
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Image 9 of 12:  9 / 12Iraqi football fans show their support to Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup as they attend the 20th Gulf Cup semi-final football match between Iraq and Kuwait in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Kuwait won on penalty shots after a 2-2 draw.

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A Qatari man carrying his daughter writes a message on a board at Doha's traditional souk in support of his country's bid to host the 2022 World Cup before the tiny Gulf state was chosen by FIFA as a host.
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Image 10 of 12:  10 / 12A Qatari man carrying his daughter writes a message on a board at Doha's traditional souk in support of his country's bid to host the 2022 World Cup before the tiny Gulf state was chosen by FIFA as a host.

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Qatari boys clad in traditional attire wave their national flag at Doha's traditional souk where people are gathering to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup.
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Image 11 of 12:  11 / 12Qatari boys clad in traditional attire wave their national flag at Doha's traditional souk where people are gathering to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup.

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A Qatari man blows vuvuzela trumpets at Doha's traditional souk as people gather to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup.
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Image 12 of 12:  12 / 12A Qatari man blows vuvuzela trumpets at Doha's traditional souk as people gather to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup.

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Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) poses by his wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned with the World Cup trophy after the official announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

Image 1 of 12Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) poses by his wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned with the World Cup trophy after the official announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of the Qatar 2022 bid committee, (L) raises the World Cup trophy as he stands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (C), his wife Sheikha Moza and FIFA president Joseph Blatter (R).

Image 2 of 12Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of the Qatar 2022 bid committee, (L) raises the World Cup trophy as he stands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (C), his wife Sheikha Moza and FIFA president Joseph Blatter (R).

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FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup at the FIFAheadquarters in Zurich.

Image 3 of 12FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup at the FIFAheadquarters in Zurich.

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Chairman of Qatar 2022 Bid Committee Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (C) is comforted by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned on the podium with the World Cup trophy.

Image 4 of 12Chairman of Qatar 2022 Bid Committee Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (C) is comforted by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned on the podium with the World Cup trophy.

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Fifa President Sepp Blatter (R) hands over the World Cup trophy to the Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) and his wife.

Image 5 of 12Fifa President Sepp Blatter (R) hands over the World Cup trophy to the Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) and his wife.

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Members of the Qatari delegation celebrate following the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

Image 6 of 12Members of the Qatari delegation celebrate following the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

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Japanese soccer fans watch television on Qatar's Emir being congratulated by FIFA President Sepp Blatter after they were announced as the 2022 World Cup host country at 'M-SPO' sports bar in Tokyo.

Image 7 of 12Japanese soccer fans watch television on Qatar's Emir being congratulated by FIFA President Sepp Blatter after they were announced as the 2022 World Cup host country at "M-SPO" sports bar in Tokyo.

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Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Missned (car L), wife of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, waves to the crowds as she arrives with her grandchildren to Doha coming from Zurich.

Image 8 of 12Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Missned (car L), wife of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, waves to the crowds as she arrives with her grandchildren to Doha coming from Zurich.

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Iraqi football fans show their support to Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup as they attend the 20th Gulf Cup semi-final football match between Iraq and Kuwait in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Kuwait won on penalty shots after a 2-2 draw.

Image 9 of 12Iraqi football fans show their support to Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup as they attend the 20th Gulf Cup semi-final football match between Iraq and Kuwait in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Kuwait won on penalty shots after a 2-2 draw.

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A Qatari man carrying his daughter writes a message on a board at Doha's traditional souk in support of his country's bid to host the 2022 World Cup before the tiny Gulf state was chosen by FIFA as a host.

Image 10 of 12A Qatari man carrying his daughter writes a message on a board at Doha's traditional souk in support of his country's bid to host the 2022 World Cup before the tiny Gulf state was chosen by FIFA as a host.

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Qatari boys clad in traditional attire wave their national flag at Doha's traditional souk where people are gathering to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup.

Image 11 of 12Qatari boys clad in traditional attire wave their national flag at Doha's traditional souk where people are gathering to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup.

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A Qatari man blows vuvuzela trumpets at Doha's traditional souk as people gather to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup.

Image 12 of 12A Qatari man blows vuvuzela trumpets at Doha's traditional souk as people gather to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup.

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The bidding process was also subject to controversy. Two members of the FIFA executive committee had their voting rights suspended following allegations that they would accept money in exchange for votes. England and Russia's respective bids also were subject to controversy following an official complaint based upon FIFA's rules regarding talking about rival bidders, though the complaint was withdrawn following Russia's apology.

 

On 2 December 2010, Russia and Qatar were selected as the locations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups respectively.

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