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Who should host 2018 and 2022 World Cup?

November 30th, 2010
01:14 PM ET

It is one of the biggest sporting spectacles on the planet and every four years, someone can call themselves hosts for the FIFA World Cup.

Brazil will be the next host in 2014 - just two year before the country hosts the summer Olympic Games.

The decision for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup will be announced this Thursday, but the bidding process has already been overshadowed by allegations of corruption and bribery.

Cameroonian Issa Hayatou was one of three FIFA officials - including Nicolas Leoz from Paraguay and Ricardo Teixeira from Brazil - who were named by the BBC as having taken bribes from the ISL marketing company who went onto secure valuable World Cup rights in the 1990s.  

The BBC has been criticized for airing the damaging program just three days before FIFA members are to vote on a winner.

The other countries vying for the 2018 World Cup are Russia with joint bids from Spain and Portugal and the Netherlands and Belgium.

There doesn't seem to be a runaway favorite for 2018, but bookmakers have Spain and Portugal as odds on favorite with England now being dubbed an 'underdog.'

While the 2018 tournament is sure to go to a European country, the continent for the 2022 World Cup is much less certain.

South Korea, Japan, Australia, Qatar and the United States are all in the running for the tournament which are more than a decade away.

Japan and South Korea jointly held the World Cup in 2002 so are seen as an unlikely choice. Australia and the United States are being viewed as the favorites, but FIFA may choose to award the games to Qatar as a middle eastern country has never hed the tournament.

We want to know what you think.

Do you think that these allegations of bribery that aired on British television will hurt the England's chances of holding the World Cup? What country do you think will win the 2018 and 2022 bids? What will the World Cup mean to your country?

Please leave your predictions and comments below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

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  1. Andreas

    The world cup should be shared around. Give it to countries that haven't had it before. Russia 2018 and Australia 2022

    November 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  2. michel

    2018 spain,portugal and 2022 Australia indeed.
    greetz from holland

    November 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  3. Kimberly

    It should be Spain – they just won the cup!
    Then maybe Portugal, England I don't think so.

    November 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  4. TheDood

    I agree wholeheartedly, it should go to countries that have never had it. Russia 2018, Qatar 2022.

    November 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  5. Neo

    I would give it to North Korea!
    j/k xD

    November 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  6. Ian

    I think the current problem lies with the voting system. Right now, only the Executive Committee decide and that gives rise to the problem of corruption. FIFA should take a leaf from the IOC where all member nations get a vote to decide the eventual winner. Personally, I'd like to see England get the 2018 WC and Australia the 2022 one.

    November 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  7. Sara

    Russia 2018 and Qatar or Australian 2022. Middle East deserves a chance. It's only a shame that Qatar, UAE and Oman or Bahrain didn't unite to do a joint entry. It would have been amazing! Sara

    November 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  8. Barbara

    England NO, Spain & Portugal will be better. For 2022, South Korea, Japan, US & Australia had hold several international competions in the past, including the World Cup. NOT AGAIN NOOOOOO! Let it be Qatar, it is fair for the Middle East to hold a World Cup at least once, it is about time!

    November 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  9. Matthijs`

    I, and more Dutch people, don't want this bunch of corrupt FIFA officials telling our government want to do. England can have it, they seem to want it the most, as even their media condemn journalists that report about corrupt English FIFA members, because it might harm their bid.

    November 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  10. Pokefire

    I'd like to see it go to Belgium and the Netherlands for 2018, and then for purely personal-I-want-to-go-and-have-it-be-cheaper reason USA 2022

    November 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  11. Kat

    I'm in Perth West Australia, I hope that we get it 2022, and I would go for Russia 2018..Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi !!!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  12. Tom

    Qatar – in the middle of the summer, are you guys dreaming?

    Russia – too currupt and they are already have a successful league.

    OZ – too far for fans to go to games from one side to the other.

    Spain – held it in 1986 (v successful it was too)

    Japan/S Korea – just held it a few yerars back so they are wasting there money even trying again so soon

    UK – 2018, first time since 1966 (did you know they won that year? they are still talking about is -blah, blah). The infastructure is all there and the weather is not too bad for June soccer.

    USA – 2022 so they can continue to grow the game

    November 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  13. Jean

    It has to be Russia for 2018 and Australia for 2022.

    The US, Sth Korea and Japan have all had it before, and Qatar is just too small. They should have had a joint bid with its neighbours.

    November 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  14. Pat

    USA! USA! USA!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  15. Tyler

    Netherlands – Beligium. Holland has the best football fans in the world!!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  16. David Burton

    I am Australian, my wife is American and we live it Qatar... while we would both love our respective countries to win, I honestly believe there could be no better decision than to have Qatar win. This is a land of people who are passionate about football, take great national pride and they would put on a wonderful event. Qatar all the way!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  17. Quincy

    never Russia, they are racist and fascist and should not be rewarded!
    Belguim/Holland or England for sure! Qatar for 2022 is a must guys ..it has to be !

    November 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  18. Don

    Hopefully the Middle East would have settled down by 2012, there is that issue of terrorist threats. It would be good to see an event of this magnitude feld in that part of the world.

    November 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  19. Ravi Dias-Jayasinha

    Australia, 2022, and I would go for Russia 2018

    November 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  20. Tony mortlock

    I think England should withdraw to show intergrity in refusing to get involved with a corrupt organisation. Other nations who continue to stay in the bidding would then be forced to reconsider the detrimental effect staying involved would have on their own standards and integrity.
    The English league did well enough before FIFA was around.. it can do so now.
    Blatter and his cohorts need to be taught some humility and honesty.

    November 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  21. Josh

    Russia should be able to hold a WC however, why hasn't the gov't put in its bid? There must be a good reason why they haven't.

    As for 2022, although Oz is far and wide (going to and from within) I believe its best for the sport to hold its grandest tournament there. NZ and Australia are slowly becoming more competitive and a WC there would be a great showcase and bring a sense of pride to the Oceanic region.

    Qatar is too hot – 'nuff said.

    USA for 2026!!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  22. Bakhtiar

    2018: England
    2022: Qatar

    November 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  23. allam1987

    I think that would be a good idea that Spain and Portugal host the 2018 FIFA World Cuo becuase Spain is the current Champion and Portugal stars to play really good, also Qatar is a verry atractive opcion for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, this because the propousal that they did regarding the soccer stadiums that they wuold built for this huge event and that it will be the first time that a country from the middle eastern host something like this.

    November 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  24. Peppers

    2018- Cuba
    2022- The Moon

    November 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  25. veenu

    give chance to new growing economy like china,india to promote football in these countries

    November 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  26. canadian

    I think it should be given to countries that can't play football, i think it should be given to Canada 2018 and America 2022

    November 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  27. Josh

    2018–Spain/Portugal, the last split WC was a complete success and having it in Spain could boost the economy to the point it really needs to succeed as a country.

    2022– USA, the country that will be one of the bigger futbol power houses by that time could use a home field advantage to see it reach its first WC finals for the first time. As well as solidifying that the country needs to realize futbol is a beautiful game.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  28. alexander


    Spain hosted the worldcup in 1982,
    England hosted the worldcup in 1966,
    So i'd say give another country a shot.
    Russia seems interesting, however they have no experience hosting a simular event, let them get some experience hosting the European Championship first.
    Holland and Belgium together hosted the Euro2000 event which was really successfull, i think they are ready to host the World Championship now.


    Qatar in summer... you must be insane?
    Oh well.. i do expect the Qatar people to come up with a cooling solution since money is not an issue... first airconditioned games ever?

    The US hosted the games in 1994.
    Japan hosted it together with Korea in 2002.
    I don't want to be in Korea when the North is action like it does now.
    Australia in European summer is actually winter there, so i think the right kind of climate. The problem is, it's damn far away and the time difference makes for annoying viewing times for the Europeans.
    Still Australia gets my vote.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  29. Kele

    Qatar would actually be a good choice. No other country would be as pressed to put on as good a show as they would. And for those complaining about the heat, Qatar has already put into work, plans to 'air-condition' all the stadia and public places. If it's anything like the Emirates, I know they can pull it off.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  30. Hisham

    Qatar should not get it, cos the hosting nation automatically qualifies for the final round. Qatar definitely is not gud enough to be there!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  31. jesse

    mexico all the way

    November 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  32. Albert

    I prefer Spain and Portugal as co-host nations if we want to see world football at its best in decades. Hola!!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  33. Hazim Murad

    Having the world cup in Qatar will do wonders for this country!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  34. Mob

    Homeland of football! – England
    Greetz from Serbia!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  35. Adam

    2018 Australia
    and 2022 Qatar

    November 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  36. michael washington

    it should be KOREA, they have excellent infrastructure for the world cup 2018, besides they have to co-host with the JAPS.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  37. Vidal

    Share the world cup around by giving it to other deserving and competent countries or regions that have not hosted it yet =)

    November 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  38. wiki

    why should the usa get the wolrd cup? they're not even interested in football

    November 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  39. Brian

    I'd really like to see a successful cup bid from Spain/Portugal or England for 2018. Great fans and venues. As for 2022, the Australian bid is going to be hampered by the inability to ensure that the other Aussie sports will be on break during the WC. I think it's between Qatar and the US.
    Brian from DC

    November 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  40. denis

    Belgium-the netherlands

    November 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  41. denis


    November 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  42. Mourad

    Qatar, listen up: find 5 of the most vulnerable (African of south American would do the job) FiFA body members, bribe the heck out of them, take them to strip joints, get them drunk and heck and the WC is yours, I guarantee you, this is what the US and Australia will be doing. You adds on Jazeera are worthless!!!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  43. darth vadar

    Russia and Qatar to get the world cup? No way, the countries are poor and viewing times for games in the USA would stink. The cup should be held in England/USA rotation, all the time. Us anglos dominate the world!

    November 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  44. jihad

    I think Qatar as small country as it is with all the enthusiam and love for the game should host the 2022

    November 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  45. pablin

    2018 spain and portugal
    2022 australia
    2026 argentina?

    November 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  46. Jacob

    2018 for Spain and Portugal!!! They have the best bid
    2022 for Quatar or Japan

    November 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  47. Jean

    Share it around the world.
    Benelux 2018
    Australia 2022

    November 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  48. rh

    That's easy, whoever pays the most.

    Seriously, in light of Spain and Portugal's economic issues, FIFA would be insane to award it to them. England is much more stable.

    I'd hope for the US in 2022, but Australia would be a very interesting choice that might get support. S. Korea has no hope especially with all going down lately, and Japan cannot handle the amount of tourism.

    November 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  49. Said Dirawi

    I vote for Qatar 2022

    November 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  50. Jan Jaap

    "Russia and Qatar to get the world cup? No way, the countries are poor".

    Darth Vader, do you actually know what you are talking about?
    Qatar is the second richest country in the world.

    Anyway, the most logical choice is The Netherlands/Belgium.
    Mainly because we the Dutch have lost 3 WC finals now, and sort of "deserve" to have this event in our country.
    I'm hoping that then, finally, in 2018, we will score a home victory and get our first title.

    Russia is a corrupt maffia-state, and England is already a succesful football nation; they don't need this. Spain just won the WC, so it shouldn't complain either.

    November 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  51. jan

    holland belgium

    November 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  52. jun


    November 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  53. Harpert Michielsen

    Holland – Belgium

    For all: there's No Coruption in these countries!

    November 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  54. cristina

    Qatar in july,it´s SUMMER !!! got to be kidding.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  55. jj

    2022 world cup should be held in Kuwait

    November 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  56. Nigel

    Countries like Russia should not be allowed to host the World Cup (as suggested below) as long as they continue to murder journalists, supress free speech and enable right-wing vigilante groups to murder and attack minorities.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  57. sergiosaiki

    I hope 2018 for Russia and 2022 for Qatar ( the middleast need a chance to show that they can do it !!!! )

    November 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  58. soorya

    In 2018 it should be in Russia and 2022,it should get to Qatar. It will become a gift to Middle East

    November 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  59. Josh

    Russia or England for 2018 (preferably Russia since they havent done it)
    Australia for 2022.

    And for all you people that want qatar to win. Do u seriously believe qatar stands a chance? I can come up with billions of reasons not to go there.

    November 30, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  60. Julia

    spain & portugal !- 2018 (:

    USA – 2022 world cupp ! :DDDD

    November 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  61. telemaspeaks

    i'ld say ENGLAND for 2018 and QATAR for 2022.the english do have the best and strong chances owing to their strong presentation while for qatar,just as in the case of SOUTH AFRICA(africa as a whole),the middle east also deserves the right to host this world class event for the first time.i think this is objective enough.

    November 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  62. Faisal

    2018- netherlands-belgium
    Beautiful countries, great people.

    2022- Qatar
    The middle east is obsessed about soccer, the gulf especially. It would be nice for all these people to get a chance to watch the biggest football event without having to worry about getting a visa (as oposed to the united states andaustralia).. also for everyone saying its too hot.. qatar will do watever it takes to eliminate that problem, even if it takes covering the sun.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  63. Andrew

    How could 2022 go to anyone bar Australia??? The USA, South Korea and Japan have hosted it recently, while Qatar would be a risky choice. At least you know that Australia will do it well, they always pull off the big events. Unfortunately, money may get Qatar over the line. But Australia seems the only logical choice to me.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  64. Sheikh Mohammad Taimur

    My all time favorite, Brazil should win it or otherwise Saudi Arabia - which is highly unlikely but yes if not Brazil then Saudi Arabia

    November 30, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  65. broadrick

    Happy that Africa has hosted the FIFA world cup for once...i think that Spain deserve to host the 2018 world cup because of their current record in the world as No.1,

    November 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  66. Hatar

    2018 netherlands/belgium

    2022 USA or Qatar

    November 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  67. Nick

    I'm German so I recently experienced the 2006 one here, it was amazing. It's about time the cup comes back to Europe in 2018!
    I totally think England should have it, they didn't have it for so long, plus they truly live football and it's where the game comes from!!!
    In 2022 I favour Australia or US. Most importantly NOT QATAR!!!
    These Arabs think they can buy everything; they'll go there on Thursday like "we are going to build 20 new stadiums, and after the cup we are going to convert them into shopping malls"
    And then we, the fans all go there and then probably there's not even beer!

    November 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  68. Patrick

    Belgium – Holland: great climate, great infrastructure, great fans. Lot's of diversity in a relatively small area. And the Netherlands are current #2 of the world......

    Fans from the UK can be there in about one hour.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  69. Conrad

    Hey guys guess what, the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar!


    ....................... Silence.............................

    Qatar, is essentially just a city-island. Like Hong Kong or Singapore.

    Not really the kind of place suitable for hosting a world cup. And I don't think fans would be all that keen to visit.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  70. Joe

    The Western hemisphere deserves it. By 2022, 4 of the last 5 World Cups will have been held in the East, and 5 of the last 7. With South and Central America in the West as well as the rising audience in the USA, they should be able to get the World Cup in their time zone more than once every 20 years. The World Cup needs to go to the Western Hemisphere and the USA.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:13 am | Reply
  71. Michel

    I Vote for my home country The Netherlands, and the sharing host nation Belgium.
    Purely because we ARE capable of hosting such an event. We already hosted the Olympics back in the twenty's and we did the Euopean tournament a while a go. We've got everything from great beaches to amazing city's, a mild climate exellent for playing football/soccer. And we are currently second in the world rankinglist. We are 3 times almost world champions...please let us do it;-)

    December 1, 2010 at 12:56 am | Reply
  72. Tim

    SPAIN & PORTUGAL 2018, Australia 2022, USA 2026!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:41 am | Reply
  73. aspecialman

    The host of the 2018 WC should be England, and no country other than Australia would be an ideal place to host the 2022 WC.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:43 am | Reply
  74. Bruce

    Australia please for 2022. NOT Qatar – it is boring! I've never been to a place where locals have made you feel so unwelcome...

    December 1, 2010 at 2:16 am | Reply
  75. Egelle Emenike


    December 1, 2010 at 3:12 am | Reply
  76. Rotimi from Nigeria

    I think England is long over due to host d worldcup again who knows, may be they’ll actually win it then... and if FIFA want to truly make d worldcup a global sporting event, Qatar is the only stop for 2022

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Reply
  77. Theo

    Holland – Belgium 2018


    – They can affort it, adventually a world cup will cost a country money (see Germany 2006, South Africa 2010);
    – They are the underdog;
    – The weatherclimate is great;
    – They have the shortest travel routes in between all stadiums (longest distance is just a 2,5 hr drive!);
    – The have a very modern and smooth infrastructure;
    – The have the most enthusiastic supporters and;
    – They showed that they can pull it off at Euro FIFA 2000;

    And besides;
    – Russia is a crook (just the officials)
    – Spain and Portugal are broke (sorry), in 2018 even more
    – U.K. already did a world cup

    December 1, 2010 at 11:33 am | Reply
  78. Some Australian Guy

    Aussie Aussie Aussie, OI OI OI!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  79. mr obrien

    im english desperate for england to win it ...........but seeing as the russians have already started building stadia i think there is the clue ...........bought and paid for a year ago ....fact...

    December 2, 2010 at 3:27 am | Reply
  80. Michaela

    If Greece can afford it by then, it would be a perfect venue! We have everything still in place from the Olympics. Let's hope all the infrastructure doesn't collapseby then, from the lack of funds to maintain them.

    December 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Reply

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