Who will host the 2022 World Cup?

The 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosting rights will be decided in Zurich, Switzerland today. Here's the short list for the 2022 World Cup bid:

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Spain's Andres Iniesta holds the World Cup trophy after the 2010 World Cup final soccer match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg in this July 11 file photograph.


Potentially the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup, Qatar has secured Algerian-born French soccer legend Zinedine Zidane as a spokesperson for its World Cup bid.

In an advertisement for Qatar’s bid, Mr. Zidane talks about how he faced challenges after immigrating to France as a child, and emphasizes the benefits that having the tournament in the Middle East could have for children there.

Qatar boasts a compact host site (the country is slightly smaller than Connecticut) and a nearly $60 billion investment in roads, rail, and a new international airport. The country’s bid also promises outdoor, air-conditioned, carbon-neutral stadia to combat 100-degree Fahrenheit daytime temperatures. To boot, Qatar is television revenue friendly: it’s within prime-time reach of about 3 billion viewers.

FIFA, however, remains concerned about the fact that virtually everything Qatar promises must be built in the next twelve years; a hiccup in any one of the major proposed projects would leave FIFA with little flexibility.

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