World Cup 2022 selection to be announced later today!

The Euro-South American World Cup

At 1600 CET, FIFA will announce the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 world cups. I mentioned this in a previous article.

Since my previous analysis, a few developments have occurred. The U.S. has pulled out of its 2018 bid. In return all the European countries have pulled out of their 2022 bid. This means that we know the following:

2018 will go to a European country; England, Portugal/Spain, Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg, and Russia.
2022 will go to either the US, Qatar, Korea, Japan, or Australia.

What’s your prediction then?
I’d like to change my previous prediction of Russia and the U.S. I believe that England will get 2018, and the U.S. will get 2022.
Why?

England last hosted the cup in 1966. They are overdue. Spain last hosted in 1982. As for the other countries, Benelux does have a strong bid and central location, but the 2006 cup was in Germany, relatively close to those countries. Russia I thought had a good chance, but I’m thinking now that FIFA is more concerned with money, not charity to small countries.

I think the U.S. will host in 2022 simply because the North American continent hasn’t hosted the cup since 1994, while Asia has in 2002. Australia would be an obvious contender if it hadn’t moved into the AFC a few years ago.
Why is that?
Well, I believe that FIFA wants to hold the 2026 or 2030 world cup in China. If it awards the hosting rights to any Asian country, that will be impossible, as any continent that hosts the world cup will be barred from bidding to the next two. (Examples: Europe hosted in 2006, so they were ineligible from bidding in 2010 or 2014. Africa hosted in 2010, so they were ineligible from bidding in 2014 and 2018.)

As all of the bids other than the U.S. are Asian, I think FIFA will give the hosting rights to the U.S, so that China (and Japan and Korea) can prepare a 2026 bid free of European and American competition.

So, let’s find out what happens later today and we’ll see if I was right.

GO USA and GO KOREA.

Edit: I was totally wrong.  Russia got 2018, and Qatar got 2022.  Those will be two world cups that are poorly attended if you ask me.

2026 will most likely be in the U.S. as all Asian and European countries aren’t allowed to bid.  USA 2026!

10 Responses to “World Cup 2022 selection to be announced later today!”

  1. Go Korea! n_n
    I hope Mexico can host the World Cup sometime…. it would be F-U-N!!!
    maybe 2030O_o

  2. First hunch is usually the right answer

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      Yeah, I was right about Russia, but Qatar totally surprised me.

      • I never expected Qartar! I though USA would be chosen……

        • The Seoul Searcher Says:

          Me too. I really hope Qatar can do a good job, but this also means that Korea probably won’t be able to host the WC again until 2034 at the earliest, and most likely that will go to China, wait 12 years after that, then we are looking at 2046. That’s 36 years from now! WOW!

  3. Go Korea!!

    that your analysis may be right, Based on the statistics that almost never fail, but not good hope dies last
    Mexico the last time I host a World Cup in 1986 and since then nothing major, except that next year will house Mexico paraamericanos games.
    anyway good luck to the participants

  4. World cup is sooo far away :S I want it now! haha its quite sad Korea didn’t get it, but I think Russia’s world cup would be interesting as well!

  5. Qatar is too small country to host FIFA Worldcup. I think that Qatar might havs lots of problems during prepare 2022 FIFA Worldcup. Korea should have gotten the host nation of the 2022 Worldcup….

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