Get excited for World Cup host announcements

30 Nov

Forget Brazil 2014. Well, for now. Right now, it’s all about who will host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022. The U.S. is gunning for the 2022 bid along with Australia, Korea, Qatar and Japan. The 2018 Cup will be decided between Russia, England, Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands. It’s looking like the U.S. is the favorite for 2022, but take that with a grain of salt.  The U.S. was also thought to be the favorite to land the Olympics in 2016 but ended up being eliminated in the first round of voting (granted a different voting body).

The 1994 World Cup was the most successful ever, in terms of attendance. If anything, the game has grown in this country since then so I would imagine even more interest in the beautiful game.  There’s not a lot of work to do as far as transportation or stadiums since they are already in place in all the possible host cities.  Of course, I would love for the World Cup to come back to the U.S.; I didn’t get to go in 1994, a fact I am still bitter about.

However, I would gladly attend a World Cup in Australia too.  The Aussies ran an extremely successful Olympic games in 2000, so there’s no reason to think they couldn’t pull off a World Cup despite having never hosted.  Korea and Japan combined to host the event in 2002, so it would be only 20 years between Asian World Cups, which doesn’t exactly seem fair to me.  Qatar is somewhat of an enigma. The country has spent a ton of money on celebrity endorsements as well as state of the art technology for stadiums, but is the size and politics of the country ready for the world’s biggest party?

England hasn’t hosted since 1966, but allegations of corruption and other shady dealings have dealt somewhat of a blow to the country’s bid.  Russia  has come on strong, while FIFA is said to be wanting to get away from joint bids. (That might be the worst sentence ever written.)

The annoucement of the hosts for 2018 and 2022 will be on Thursday, Dec. 2. It will be shown live at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN, Univision, ESPN Deportes, CNN International and fifa.com.

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One Response to “Get excited for World Cup host announcements”

  1. mintox December 1, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    I think that the vote for 2022 will be very interesting and the 2018 will be highly boring with either the Russians or the English coming out on top, depending on how well the English can recover from the recent incidents.

    I’ve no doubt that the US and Qatar will easily get through the early rounds of voting for 2022 but that Qatar will not pick up any more votes as it progresses for the simple fact that no one wants to go to a World Cup in Qatar.

    Of the rest Australia should be able to outlast Japan and Korea because they won’t give it to those countries for a second time in such a short time. I think it will come down to whether Australia can take Japan and Korea’s votes, knock out Qatar and then take Qatar’s votes (given that they are all Asian federation members).

    I think it will come down to Australia vs the US and I think it’s a simple vote at the end. Do you give the World Cup to the US for the second time in recent memory because it will make the most money or do you try and engage the Asian region by giving it to Australia?

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