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World Cup 2022: Qatar’s chances
Believe it or not, Qatar is a very serious contender to host the event, which would bring a huge social and economic boost to the region. Kipp takes a look.
August 9, 2010 3:33 by Sam Potter
US (2018 or 2022): Having hosted the event in 1994, the USA knows what it is letting itself in for. With a growing national fan base and a large immigrant population from footballing countries, the US has a strong economic argument – the 1994 tournament set attendance and financial records. Plus thanks to existing domestic sports the country is spoilt for choice when it comes to eligible stadia.
Belgium and the Netherlands (2018 or 2022): These two countries launched a joint bid pointing at the success of Euro 2000, for which they shared hosting duties. Taking the tournament to the heart of football-mad Europe always appeals to FIFA, but Germany’s hosting of the event in 2006 may have calmed that urge for a while.
Portugal and Spain (2018 or 2022): Could be the dark horse of the process. Spain are now World Cup champions, which has put them in the spotlight, and they haven’t hosted the event since 1982. Meanwhile Portugal proved their mettle with the Euro 2004 tournament.
OUR VERDICT: Kipp’s guess? The successful bid for 2018 will be the US or Spain and Portugal. Whoever loses out on that will be head-to-head with Qatar for 2022. The Middle East is in with a very good chance indeed.
THE FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: December 2, 2010.