Qatar is 2022, Russia is 2018.
The problem with the Qatar bid is the perception in the west of freedoms granted to its citizens. While we are certainly in no position to tell others
how to live, FIFA hides behind a benevolent mission in which they advocate tolerance in all aspects--saying no to racism, equal rights for women, etc.
Qatar falls well short in many of these categories which are supposed pillars of FIFA's mission. They employ virtual slave labor from Bangladesh.
Those are the people who will be building all of these modern stadiums.
This leads many to believe that FIFA is corrupt, which I agree with, because coupled with these issues of government and rights, the country is
incredibly small, and hot as hell in the summer time. It basically isn't fit for football since you can't air condition an outdoor stadium in 115 F,
or an entire country, which is what you'd actually need in this case.
The Middle East should host a World Cup, but there are far better candidates among those nations than oil rich Qatar, who was evaluated by FIFA as
having significant risk associated with their bid. The two strongest bids, the U.S. and England, didn't win, which leads many to wonder what is the
point of bids if they are going to disregard it. If you do any amount of research into this, you'll clearly see obvious signs of a corrupt
I can't really complain with Russia, although their media are in danger for their lives on a daily basis, something no country should have if they
wish to hold the world's game. Belgium-Netherlands would have been my choice, since they've never hosted it, and England a close second because they
are the original bastion of soccer. Australia should have won the 2022 bid because they haven't hosted, even though I'm an American and would have
loved to see it here.
On a side note, I hope hope hope that Israel qualifies for the 2022 WC. That would make my day.
edit on 15-12-2010 by MGriff because: (no