Skip to comments.U.S. World Cup bid falls short
Posted on 12/02/2010 8:32:48 AM PST by Obadiah
Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out a bid by the United States to bring soccer's showcase back to America for the first time since 1994.
FIFA's executive committee choose Qatar over the U.S., Australia, Japan and South Korea in a secret vote Thursday.
Minutes earlier, Russia was announced as host of the 2018 tournament. It was chosen over England and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium.
Qatar, the smallest nation to host the World Cup, used its 30-minute presentation to underline how the tournament could unify a region ravaged by conflict. Presenters also promised to overcome summer heat of up to 130 degrees by air conditioning outdoor stadiums it will build, then dismantle and give to needy nations.
"Thank you for believing in change, thank you for believing in expanding the game, thank you for giving Qatar a chance," said Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar's bid chairman. "We will not let you down. Youu will be proud of us, you will be proud of the Middle East and I promise you this."
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Oh, brother. Isn't this phrase in disrepute?
The committee is notorious for making selections based upon social tinkering.
Why would anyone want to bring the “championship” of a “sport” that is at best an exercise in futility to the United States? I guess Obama is just pandering to another of his rather queer constituencies.
Various places around the country made a LOT of money last time we had it here. Think about it, a couple hundred thousand people show up and stay in hotels for a month, eating at restaurants, drinking at bars. That’s a fat wad of cash into the economy.
Good, Soccer sucks.
By then they will have outlawed flying so how is anyone suppose to get there?
I’ll say it.....Bush’s fault (psst.. weren’t our command headquarters for the Iraq invasion in Qatar?)
I disagree — soccer can be a lot of fun if you’re in the right pub drinking and know who you’re supposed to be cheering for. There’s quite a bit to be said for a game where there’s a lot going on but if you have to hit the head you’re probably not going to miss anything of much importance. It also benefits from being easy to follow while you’re on your third or fourth pint.
It also lends itself particularly well to drunken expressions of patriotic sentiment.
I’ve always said, however, that the reason it will never catch on here in the US is that its format simply does not lend itself to frequent television commercials.
I’m kind of tired of us depending on tourism to pump up the economy, and at best it would be a wash with yet another round of public-financed sports palaces. Let the oil-rich emirates, less money to spread to the terrorists.
I was invited to go to a soccer game last month, but I opted out for watching the fresh paint dry on the kitchen wall.
FIFA still remembers that the last time they awarded the World Cup to the U.S. in 1994, some of the games were held in Detroit...
Wasn't Eric Holder in Switzerland to secure the World Cup 2022?
This has to be the third or fourth time this administration has failed in this type of endeavor. The U.S. has no world standing under this leadership, which, of course, is an oxymoron.
Well, now Holder can focus on of his attention on stopping Wikileaks from releasing further documents. /sarc
Very good point. I think there's a lot of truth to that right now, but over time I believe television commercials are going to become a smaller revenue source for sports broadcasts -- and soccer STILL will never catch on here in the U.S.
I do understand the appeal of the game, but there are far too many flaws that would need to get corrected before Americans will ever accept it as a major sport. And I believe one fatal flaw of the game from an American perspective is that we simply can't comprehend a sport where the use of one of the human body's most important physical assets (the hands) is absolutely prohibited.
I guess FIFA officials will get free petroleum based and natural gas fuels for life now.
Clinton needed one of his flunkies with him!
Am i the only person who flips the channel when commercials come up?
A question: What's the relative popularity of soccer in Canada, where football, both CBL, and college is popular, and soccer, because of weather, has a somewhat limited season?
No. You aren't alone. And it drives the advertisers crazy.
thank you FIFA
(while you're at it take the thunder sticks and rally rags with you.)
I don’t know if we’re depending no it, for one thing this World Cup isn’t even until 2022. But facts are facts and the fact is that bringing in a couple hundred thousand tourists for a month would be a fat lot of money for those regions. And it probably wouldn’t include spending on new stadiums, I don’t think any new ones got built for the last one that was here.
Sounds like Qatar threw out a lot of pie-in-the-sky hooey to get the bid.
Just like the Olympic bid that had 0 traveling to make his pitch; then the CNN anchor repeated in disbelief, “Chicago is OUT? Chicago is OUT?” :) I loved it.
A friend on my facebook who lives in Chicago and is prob on the Obama worshiping side was a little puzzled that I took pleasure in Chicago losing the bid; why should we be happy Chicago lost out? I said because Chicago is the home of corrupt politicians who would ruin everything, plus 0bama
was campaigning for it.
So US lost out on World Cup bid. Waaaaaah. Sorry to offend soccer fans on here (and it is soccer; football for me
means the gridiron) but I just can’t get into people running up the field. People running down the field.
People running up. Running down. Running...and if you’re lucky someone, someone may actually score a goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal! Gooooooooooooooooooal!
and miss gems like R. Lee Ermey as a shrink, or the old spice guy riding on a horse...backwards, or dos equis ‘the most interesting man in the world’ sewing up his own wounds.
Capitalism at its best...you're missing out on some fine entertainment.
Tell that to the English or Irish Teams
I’m hoping that Israel has a really good soccer team starting about 2020.
Here’s a little tidbit about “moderate” Qatar:
On February 24, 2010, Qatar and Iran signed a defense co-operation agreement in which the two countries stressed the need to expand their defense cooperation.
Iran and Qatar will
exchange specialized and technical committees
expand cooperation in training
conduct joint campaigns against terrorism and insecurity in the region
March 10, 2010. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani has given his support to Irans right to nuclear technology, and considers Irans nuclear project to be for peaceful nuclear energy purposes.
I had not seen that picture of Maradonna. Is that the infamous, “hand of god” play?
I just looked it up. Average temp for June & July in Qatar is about 105.
Anyone else see the flag on the yahoo story about this? Is that a 48 star flag? Landon Donovan must be much older than he looks.
They should just sneak across the Mexican border, problem solved.
Another tidbit you need to add-
Centcom has it’s forward operations headquarters in Qatar. So the US has its base in a country which doesn’t mind cosying up to Iran and has hosted Hamas leaders.
That is indeed the “Hand of God” goal. One of the worst blown calls in the history of international sport.
FC Barcelona was mesmerizing the other day as they carved up Real Madrid, that was fun to watch.
I’m much more into the UEFA Champions League now.
Believe it or not, there are actually far more Canadian kids playing soccer these days than ice hockey.
The infamous "hand of God" . . .
I just wish we could have more players today, like King Cantona or Georgie Best, when I watch highlights on YouTube of some of their plays, my jaw drops to the floor. It seems that, maybe outside of Messi, there are few players today who have that flair.
More recently, an older (and larger) Maradonna after the Argentine loss to the Germans...
If soccer ever becomes a major sport here, that will be a sign that the wussification is complete. Canada will then invade.
Believe it or not, but there are more kids in the US playing organized soccer than any other sport in the country.
Yes, the kids love to play it, but for all but a few, that’s where it ends it seems. What’s ironic, is that soccer having originated in England, yet outside of them, the rest of the English speaking cow tries have something else as the favorite sport. Canada- hockey, US - NFL, Aus and NZ - rugby...toss in India and I think cricket is the king there. Weird.