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We've also made it out of the knock-out round more recently.

Tony if I see you say England should be given the hosting rights one more time I will throw my computer. This is really getting old pal. There's nothing wrong with Russia hosting in 2018 and 2022 shou

Someone needs to sue FIFA over this mess. Rivals bidders, European leagues and clubs, TV networks, sponsors, players...all are being mucked about because of FIFA's inability to think properly. The bi

They have 10 stadiums but 6 are in Doha and only 1 is above 40,000. No stadium is above 60,000. So they would have to upgrade every stadium to 40,000, put roofs on them all and upgrade a further 4 stadiums to 50,000+ and at least 2 at 60,000+. Not gonna happen. A country of 1.5 million can not host

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Perhaps as a way of raising their profile bidding for an event like this - even with the knowledge that they have zero to slim to chance of winning - is cost effective and worth it. This year and next year in the lead up to Decemeber 2010 there will be newspaper, internet and TV coverage of what's going on. It's not as if they're short on dosh and bidding for a world cup could turn out to be a great PR move.

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Qatar is a good host for the organization FIFA WM in football in the year 2022, after Belgium and Holland in 2018. year. :P

Lets speak in the way Zenica would, shall we? :)

Qatar is not good host for organization FIFA WC anything in year 2022. Belgium and Holland no host in 2018, Australia host in 2018! :P

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We shall see who is right

Yes, we shall see, but Qatar is definitely not getting the WC.

Even with the experience of the Asian Cup, which would provide several new 10,000 to 30,000 seater venues and an upgraded national stadium to 70,000, it is still insufficient for a WC. Not to mention at least 2 to 4 would have to be located in Doha. It's a population and lack of cities problem. Qatar could simply not host.

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It's official: :o

Qatar joins World Cup race

The Gulf state of Qatar has declared itself officially in the running to host the FIFA World Cup.

The Secretary General of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), Saud Al Mohannadi announced the decision yesterday, saying that that the QFA had officially submitted Qatar’s bidding documents to FIFA.

Al Mohannadi stressed that the QFA had sent an official letter to world football’s governing body confirming Qatar’s entry into the race to host the 2018 event and, if that should fail, the 2022 edition.

FIFA has earmarked February 2, 2009 as the deadline for the submission of bid documents for both events.

FIFA will name the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December 2010.

http://www.sportbusiness.com/news/168716/q...-world-cup-race

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Qatar World Cup CEO Hassan al-Thawadi calls on FIFA to repeat its historic decision in awarding Africa its first World Cup by awarding the 2022 finals to the Middle East.

Addressing the CAF Congress in Angola today, al-Thawadi told delegates that Qatar, which is seeking a first finals for its region, sought to share Africa’s ambition in harnessing “the power of football as a vehicle for hope and understanding.”

“We believe that 2022 could prove to be a defining moment, not just for Qatar but for the people of the entire Middle East and the international community,” he said. “As the FIFA World Cup would be a powerful catalyst to building bridges between countries and cultures around the world.”

Qatar’s cash-rich bid committee caused controversy earlier this month when it paid CAF an undisclosed sum to have sole World Cup bid lobbying rights for its Congress. Several of its rivals to host the 2022 tournament were unhappy at its perceived efforts to “buy” the finals.

But al-Thawadi limited himself to a short speech and two video presentations, which showcased the country and England’s friendly v Brazil in Doha last November. Other bid delegations were also allowed to attend the event, and England, Spain-Portugal and Australia were all present.

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Although Qatar has so far waged a slick and impressive PR campaign, the shift in emphasis on being the first Middle Eastern and Arab country to host the finals plays up to a FIFA Executive Committee seemingly fixated with the notion of historic legacy.

At the presentation Cameroon football legend Roger Milla was unveiled as a bid ambassador for the Qatar bid team, joining such other figures as Gabriel Batistuta and Ronald de Boer on its star-filled roster.

http://www.worldfootballinsider.com/Story.aspx?id=32957

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South Africa had a history of world class sporting events along with the new frontier advantage.

Rio 2016 had the Pan-Ams two years before the vote along with the new frontier advantage.

Qatar 2022 gives us....an England v Brazil friendly match. Give us a break! :rolleyes:

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South Africa had a history of world class sporting events along with the new frontier advantage.

Rio 2016 had the Pan-Ams two years before the vote along with the new frontier advantage.

Qatar 2022 gives us....an England v Brazil friendly match. Give us a break! :rolleyes:

Doha 2006 Asian Games anyone?? (way larger than the PanAm Games BTW)

Doha Indoor IAAF World Champ later this year <_<

Not saying Qatar will succeed in its 2022 bid to deny its organisational capabilities is just ignorance.

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I'm sorry but for anyone who's going to mention the 2006 Asian Games, altough they did an awesome work back then, that doesnt count anymore here (as well for the 2011 AFC). We're talking about an event which involves not only a city but an entire country. Whats the point of hosting the WC if all the stadia are going to be in Doha?

In other words, they never learn do they :lol: ?

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Pfft.

Qatar is still in this thing. I thought they withdrew a long time ago.

They're in for a rude awakening, just like their Doha 2016 Olympic bid.

Doha got a screw job, they were reasonably capable. They scored higher than Rio

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Doha got a screw job, they were reasonably capable. They scored higher than Rio

Totaly! I know the time of year was a problem for the IOC, but surely they could work around that in order to get more favorable weather like they did with Sydney. Doha was probably more capable of hosting the Olympics than Qatar is hosting the World Cup, I'd venture to say.

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