FIFA Chooses Russia and Qatar To Host 2018 and 2022 World Cups

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IDecember 2, 2010

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 02: Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov of Russia speaks after winning the bid to host the 2018 World Cup duirng the FIFA World Cup 2018 & 2022 Host Countries Announcement at the Messe Conference Centre on December 2, 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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After years of speculation, we found out who will host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup's today in Zurich.

Two of the richest oil nations in the world will host the next two World Cup's: in 2018, Russia will host the first World Cup in Eastern Europe, and Qatar will be the first Middle Eastern host of the a World Cup in 2022.

Both of these bids were surprise hosts to say the least.

For 2018, England were expected to be the winners several months ago. But, following multiple controversies dealing with the dismissal of Bid President Lord Triesman, England's bid started to get dismantled as time went on.

It certainly didn't help to have the Sunday Times and BBC start investigations into potential corruption within the last two months.

As a result, England fell out of the running to host the World Cup reportedly in the first round, despite the efforts of David Beckham, David Cameron and Prince William to save the bid over the last several days.

Through this, Russia became the strongest bid left, mainly because they were the only ones remaining and were attempting to improve the country through the World Cup.

Meanwhile Qatar, who were considered a long shot several months ago, impressed FIFA over the last several months with their fantastic plan to host the World Cup. Their plan became the primary reason why Qatar were able to overcome both Australia and the United States, who were the two front runners in the race. 

Going into each of these World Cup's, both Russia and Qatar will have major problems to overcome.

The one problem that both nations face deals with terrorism.

Russia has been plagued for years from terrorist attacks from Chechnya.

Chechnya is a Russian state on the lower part of country that has been trying to achieve freedom over the last 19 years since the end of the Soviet Union.

In all likelihood, they will attempt to make their message heard in this World Cup by whatever means necessary unless the Russian government frees Chechnya.

Within Qatar, there is the reason that the World Cup is in the Middle East, which coupled with the small and dense area, could certainly see a major crisis emerge.

However, Russia has several other problems that are in their way for the 2018 World Cup.

The first problem deals with the stadiums that will be used. Currently, only three of Russia's proposed 16 stadiums can be used if the World Cup were to be played today.

Russia also has to fix several transportation problems. Currently, Russia's airports are at a high risk and could possibly not reach FIFA's requirements.

Russia also needs to fix their road system between the stadiums if they expect to be a successful host nation.

Despite the problems that Russia has, Qatar still has several major issues they will have to beat in the next 12 years.

With Qatar's stadium's, nine of the stadium's haven't been started and have no plans to to carry out operational testing under World Cup conditions.

Qatar have put a large reliance on technology for the bid, and it is unclear where the nations can practice during the World Cup.

In terms of transportation, there is a lot of infrastructure that still needs to be put in place, including potentially four matches in one day within a 30 kilometer radius.

Qatar has been declared as a major health risk for the World Cup also, due in large part to the high density of people in extreme heat.

And there is a major issue that the biggest event that Qatar have held is the 2006 Asian Games.

Plus, this is the first World Cup that Qatar have ever participated in.

Regardless of the vote, congratulations to both Russia and Qatar for winning the 2018 and 2022 World Cup's.

This is a great day for football in each respective nation, and it is great to see football's popularity extend to new areas of the world with Eastern Europe and the Middle East getting their first World Cup's.


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