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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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To: MWS

Am i the only person who flips the channel when commercials come up?


21 posted on 12/02/2010 8:58:33 AM PST by hannibaal
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To: Alberta's Child; MWS
Good points, both of you...

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?

22 posted on 12/02/2010 9:02:21 AM PST by ken5050 (Palin/Bachman 2012 - FOUR boobs are better than the two we have now!)
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To: hannibaal
Am i the only person who flips the channel when commercials come up?

No. You aren't alone. And it drives the advertisers crazy.

23 posted on 12/02/2010 9:03:58 AM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Obadiah
WHAT?

NO VUVUZELAS???

thank you FIFA

(while you're at it take the thunder sticks and rally rags with you.)

24 posted on 12/02/2010 9:05:40 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: JacksonCalhoun

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.


25 posted on 12/02/2010 9:09:52 AM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Obadiah

Sounds like Qatar threw out a lot of pie-in-the-sky hooey to get the bid.


26 posted on 12/02/2010 9:11:11 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: Defiant

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.

Schadenfreude!

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!
What excitement...


27 posted on 12/02/2010 9:11:47 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Glenn; hannibaal
Am i the only person who flips the channel when commercials come up?

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.

28 posted on 12/02/2010 9:13:16 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Alberta's Child
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.

Tell that to the English or Irish Teams


29 posted on 12/02/2010 9:13:48 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: Obadiah

I’m hoping that Israel has a really good soccer team starting about 2020.


30 posted on 12/02/2010 9:15:41 AM PST by Steve_Stifler
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To: Obadiah

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.[15]
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 Iran’s right to nuclear technology, and considers Iran’s nuclear project to be for peaceful nuclear energy purposes.[16]


31 posted on 12/02/2010 9:18:49 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: dfwgator

I had not seen that picture of Maradonna. Is that the infamous, “hand of god” play?


32 posted on 12/02/2010 9:22:52 AM PST by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: dfwgator
Sounds like Qatar threw out a lot of pie-in-the-sky hooey to get the bid.

I just looked it up. Average temp for June & July in Qatar is about 105.

Whoa.

33 posted on 12/02/2010 9:25:06 AM PST by longjack
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To: Obadiah

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.


34 posted on 12/02/2010 9:31:10 AM PST by NationalistVisionary (Who will be America's Charles Martel?)
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To: Obadiah
Part of the reason the US is not getting these international events (e.g., Olympics) is the Visa requirements for most of the world. Some that want to visit the US from a non favored nation (e.g., Brazil, Thailand) has to pay $131 USD and have an interview at the US embassy. Then there is no guarantee the applicant will get a visa.
35 posted on 12/02/2010 9:35:34 AM PST by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: where's_the_Outrage?
Part of the reason the US is not getting these international events (e.g., Olympics) is the Visa requirements for most of the world. Some that want to visit the US from a non favored nation (e.g., Brazil, Thailand) has to pay $131 USD and have an interview at the US embassy. Then there is no guarantee the applicant will get a visa.

They should just sneak across the Mexican border, problem solved.

36 posted on 12/02/2010 9:37:23 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: dfwgator

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.

http://www.centcom.mil/en/press-releases/centcom-exercises-new-forward-headquarters-in-qatar.html


37 posted on 12/02/2010 9:41:38 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: jessduntno
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.

LOL!!!

I have the exact same feeling about the NBA and some NCAA games!

Soccer is a great "other channel" to flip over to when all the commercials are playing during football/baseball/sitcoms telecasts.

I guess it's "to each their own".
38 posted on 12/02/2010 9:42:33 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Progressives are Socialists)
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To: Obadiah

That is indeed the “Hand of God” goal. One of the worst blown calls in the history of international sport.

}:-)4


39 posted on 12/02/2010 9:42:41 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: copaliscrossing

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.


40 posted on 12/02/2010 9:46:13 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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