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U.S. World Cup bid falls short
ESPN ^ | 12/2/10 | ESPN.com news services

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at bleacherreport.com ...


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"Thank you for believing in change,...

Oh, brother. Isn't this phrase in disrepute?

The committee is notorious for making selections based upon social tinkering.

1 posted on 12/02/2010 8:32:51 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: Obadiah

Send Obama!


2 posted on 12/02/2010 8:34:15 AM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: Obadiah

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.


3 posted on 12/02/2010 8:34:40 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

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.


4 posted on 12/02/2010 8:37:04 AM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Obadiah

Good, Soccer sucks.


5 posted on 12/02/2010 8:38:50 AM PST by boomop1
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To: Obadiah

aaaaaaaaah... Noooooooooooooo!

6 posted on 12/02/2010 8:45:21 AM PST by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: Obadiah

By then they will have outlawed flying so how is anyone suppose to get there?


7 posted on 12/02/2010 8:46:05 AM PST by edcoil ("Help the helpless, don't give a shit about the clueless.")
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To: Obadiah
Man, if that isn't grounds to impeach Eric Holder than I don't know what is! </SARC>
8 posted on 12/02/2010 8:47:00 AM PST by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." -- Kool-aid)
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To: Obadiah

I’ll say it.....Bush’s fault (psst.. weren’t our command headquarters for the Iraq invasion in Qatar?)


9 posted on 12/02/2010 8:48:00 AM PST by JacksonCalhoun (CT Yankee in NC Exile)
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To: boomop1

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.


10 posted on 12/02/2010 8:48:22 AM PST by MWS (De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum. - Thomas a Kempis)
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To: BufordP
Thanks for the link. If nothing else, it has etched in my mind one of the most amusing descriptions of a Third World urban toilet that I've ever seen. The author says Rio de Janeiro "resembles a Grand Theft Auto game without the reset button."

ROFL.

11 posted on 12/02/2010 8:49:47 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: discostu

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.


12 posted on 12/02/2010 8:50:35 AM PST by JacksonCalhoun (CT Yankee in NC Exile)
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To: Obadiah

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.


13 posted on 12/02/2010 8:51:21 AM PST by jessduntno (TSA: "Because screwing you with your pants ON just wasn't enough.")
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U.S. World Cup bid falls short

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...

14 posted on 12/02/2010 8:52:48 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Obadiah
Another Obama FAIL!!

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

15 posted on 12/02/2010 8:52:54 AM PST by The Citizen Soldier (Obama: All turban, no camels.)
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To: MWS
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.

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.

16 posted on 12/02/2010 8:54:35 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Obadiah

I guess FIFA officials will get free petroleum based and natural gas fuels for life now.


17 posted on 12/02/2010 8:56:01 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: The Citizen Soldier

Clinton needed one of his flunkies with him!


18 posted on 12/02/2010 8:56:37 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: MWS
I agree drinking a lot would help appreciate the match. It just doesn't interest me although my daughter was a rough neck and did some serious ass whipping playing the game, that was 20 years ago or more.
19 posted on 12/02/2010 8:57:30 AM PST by boomop1
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To: Obadiah
First, the failed Olympics bid. Now the World Cup! This is one big fat........


20 posted on 12/02/2010 8:58:27 AM PST by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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