Russia and Qatar Win Bids to Host 2018 and 2022 World Cups

By Dialogo
December 06, 2010

Russia’s leaders celebrated effusively after the country won the right to host the soccer World Cup in 2018.

Russia is planning a large construction program in preparation for the World Cup and has presented proposals for sixteen stadiums in thirteen host cities. Only three current arenas will be remodeled, and thirteen are going to be built from scratch.

The construction program has a budget of 3.82 billion dollars, the highest figure among the four European candidates for the 2018 event.

Russia is expected to spend 641.3 million dollars on the 2017 Confederations Cup and the World Cup, according to estimates by the bid organizers.

The facts that summer temperatures can rise above fifty degrees Celsius and that the country does not currently have infrastructure in place did not dissuade FIFA from awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar, a small Persian Gulf state.

The Middle East has never organized a large worldwide sports event, and Qatar’s triumph will serve to a large extent to promote the region’s global profile, according to analysts.

The members of FIFA’s executive committee were probably influenced by the economic power of Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquified natural gas, for which money is not a problem.

The country’s economy is forecast to grow 15.5 percent this year, and this figure is expected to shoot up to an astonishing 21 percent in 2011. This allows Qatar to invest as much money as necessary in preparations for the World Cup.