USA Loses 2022 World Cup to Qatar

 

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Despite citing concerns about the health of players and spectators due to extreme heat in their pre vote assessment reports, the great thinkers of the FIFA selection committee led by a clown named Sepp Blatter decided to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.  Common sense and the wishes of the footballing world be damned, Blatter seemed to have decided months ago that pumping his ridiculously massive and unwarranted ego by bringing the World Cup to a Middle Eastern nation was more important than promoting the sport itself. 

In a shameful and transparent election process that saw the 2022 World Cup awarded to a country with a population of 1.6 million and average temperatures of 111 degrees in June and July, FIFA has hopefully opened themselves up to even more scrutiny and investigation.  Despite reports of attempted bribery by Qatar representatives, FIFA arrogantly flipped the finger to anyone who would dare question them by awarding 2018 to Russia and 2022 to Qatar. 

As evidence of the voter's questionable allegiances consider that England, a country that was considered the front runner for 2018, received the least amount of votes and was eliminated in the first round of voting after a British news agency aired this excellent report about corruption and bribery within FIFA. 

By 2022, Qatar has proposed to build twelve new air conditioned super stadia in a country that already is the world's largest per capita emitter of CO2.  The voters also ignored the fact that these buildings will likely be white elephants come August of 2022 in Qatar.   Even more shockingly, Qatar nearly won the vote in a landslide and practically secured the award in the first round by earning 10 of the 22 available ballots.  Australia, who many believed was the next most sensible selection after the United States received one vote.  One.

The final tally wasn't close either.  In the final round Qatar easily outdistanced USA by a vote of 14-8.  Shame on you Blatter and FIFA......shame on you.   

Filed under: 2010-11 Offseason

Tags: Qatar, USA, World Cup 2022

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  • The best in the business....Grant Wahl's thoughts on 2022

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/grant_wahl/12/02/3thoughts.wcbid/

  • In reply to cesba:

    The thing I hate the most is having to deal with people that try to make a point on matters, people or subjet without having any clue about it/them.

    From all 2018 and 2022 bidding candidates, the Qatar proposal was the by far the best, in its strong infrastructure, compact country (allowing to watch 2 LIVE football matches in the same day in two different stadiums) it was never possible, perfect match broadcasting timming due to its geographical location in the middle between Asia and Europe, financial and political stability, rated one of the safest countries in the world with very low crime rates, as for the weather, millions of people live in the region and have normal day to day activities. The weather is similar to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona .. in the US so please dont tell me that the weather is an issue, I think all the mentionned US States organize National and international sports events even in the US 2022 bid proposal 3 venues are located in Texas and 1 venue in Arizona!!
    All the best for Qatar!!

  • In reply to AJackmakian:

    Are you serious?

    You're joking right?

    By strong, you mean virtually nonexistent. By compact, you mean it's so small that the amount of World Cup visitors alone is more than 50% of the population making congestion and unplanned for problems a nightmare. By political stability you mean one family has ruled it forever. By low crime rate you mean it's attracted transients who are only there to make money. By having normal day to day lives you mean it's sometimes forbidden to work outside due to the heat. When you can find an average temperature in Texas in June or July over 100 degress (let alone 110) let me know.

    If you're trying to make the point that Qatar was chosen on the merits of it's bid, then it's you who is painfully unaware of what it is you speak about. If you would tried to argue for FIFA's phony attempt at altruism under the guise of spreading the game to an area that had not hosted a World Cup it might have made some sense.

    It's a disaster waiting to happen.

  • Apt observation.
    As I said in my previous blog, FIFA has become
    the world's most expensive whore house (outside of Washington DC)
    and Blatter went down on his knees for this one.
    There was nothing more the U.S. could have done, except to buy vote
    to get the bid.
    I have no objection, despite the dangers, to have the World Cup in the middle east
    and expand the influence of soccer worldwide.
    But I fail to see that Qatar qualifies to do this, it's a very small, but rich, country that really isn't all that popular in the region anyway. Wonder if they'll allow women to attend the game and sit with men.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    There's apparently only one liquor distributor in the entire country too and it's a punishable offense to drink in public....have they ever been to a soccer match?

  • In reply to cesba:

    sharia law, women treated as 2nd class citizen, no alcohol, terrorism threat to westerners, extremely hot summers, and stadiums that will have no use for such a small population once the WC is over

    looks like a disaster is inevitable

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Unfortunately the people responsible will likely have ridden off into the sunset with their pockets filled by 2022.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    US Soccer Daily chimes in.......

    http://www.ussoccerdaily.com/2010/12/idiocy-prevails-russia-gets-18-qatar.html

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    If only the American media cared about soccer...
    Blatter would never sleep again.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    You may be right on that Colton.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    How is it possible that Al Jazeera was reporting that Qatar had won the bid over an hour before the announcement was made?

    Al Jazeera, coincidentally is headquartered in Qatar.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Also, Qatar we're the favorites to win the bid in London betting houses, largely on the strength of a few very large bets. What are the odds that those bettors had connections to FIFA EC or Qatar's bid committee? This should be investigated.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Nick Webster thinks it's about time to take a stand against FIFA....

    http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/worldcup/story/world-cup-bid-england-snub-smells-of-corruption

  • In reply to cesba:

    The whole of US soccer should agree with this. After the World Cup officiating debacle and now this. ONE VOTE. England should be up in arms as well after being cast off in the first round. England, the biggest soccer nation, and the US, the biggest sports and best everything nation. They could make things pretty difficult for FIFA. Frauds Immoral Failures (and what begins with A).

  • In reply to cesba:

    US should boycott 2022, how would FIFA like its biggest traveling fanbase to stay home. Although, would be pretty cool if the "high risk" Qatar failed to live up and FIFA came crawling back to us begging for a quick WC setup. I hope Blatter is still alive to see that. FIFA, in my eyes, has lost all credibility.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    There shouldn't be a surprise when fans in most countries across the globe decide to skip out on travelling to Qatar.

    Idiots.

  • In reply to cesba:

    FIFA is an organized by a bunch of arrogant, corrupt morons that wear suits and ties that know nothing about the game.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Another person should be next to that Blatter picture is Gulati. Why is he even running soccer? He invested a lot of money in this 2022 World Cup and tanked. If the United States want a World Cup in 2026, they should have better representatives than Morgan Freeman and Bill Clinton. I would like to have Wynalda, McBride, Dempsey, Howard, Arena, Harkes, Bradley or heck even Christopher Sullivan to be the representatives with Donovan and Garber. Qatar is the last place to have a sporting event, it is not fair for soccer fans and the players to deal with 110-120 degree weather. Qatar national team is horrendous and they won't even qualify for the World Cup rather than appear in the World Cup Finals itself in there home turf.

    Back to Blatter, isn't he the same person that was involved with some corruption scandal back in the late 90's involving FIFA?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    That is indeed the same Sepp Blatter.

  • In reply to cesba:

    FIFA Needs to explain to the world why they chose Qatar
    over the US, England, and Australia. True England and the Us
    have hosted world Cups before, but Australia has not.
    I and I am shure the rest of the Worlds Soccer Fans would
    like to hear their reason in chosing Qatar over Australia.
    I wounder how much cash was in the wheelarrow that Blatter and
    his FIFA Gang wheeled away? Blatter and FIFA need to be further exposed for their obvious coruption so that positive changes can be made in the near future with a different group.

    GR any news on the South American and European Scouting Trips
    by the Fire's elite?

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    We'll never get an explanation from them and we'll more than likely never know which members of the committee voted for which bidders......shameful.

    I'll try to get some info on the results of the scouting trips if I can chase down Klopas and De Los Cobos.

  • In reply to cesba:

    that would be awesome

  • In reply to cesba:

    Thanks GR for trying to find out about the scouting trip.
    It would be nice to know what happened and hopefully give
    us some hope to look forward to in 2011.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Not that it would ever happen, but if the US and England tried to start up an alternative organization to FIFA, how many countries would go along with us?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Everyone but the 3rd world countries.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    If the EPL and La Liga do this, I would think the rest would follow at some point.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Actually, maybe it is pointless to try and take down FIFA. FIFA is doing a pretty good job of that themselves.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Another piece on the FIFA braintrust.......

    http://boston.com/community/blogs/less_is_more/2010/12/how_did_we_lose_to_qatar.html?camp=localsearch:on:twit:rtbutton

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    FIFA has no fear of anyone. Foul play is not only obvious, it was predicted. Bill Archer at Big Soccer called this months ago. It's not just the money but FIFA's desire run things outside of normal rules and regulations of the host country. There will be criticism of the bid committees but they had no chance. The site visits and formal bid process was a sham and complete waste of money. I hope the 2022 tournament is a financial and public relations disaster for FIFA and Qatar. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Qatar is removed as host before 2022.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Good points and nice link to Archer. Right after the announcement this morning I thought I was having crazy deja-vu but couldn't put my finger on where I had heard/read that outcome before. Thanks for refreshing my memory! Pretty amazing analysis, too, the way things shook out.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Hate to be a whiner but the Trib/WGN company is hopeless. On the evening radio sportscast, Dave Kaplan reported on 1. White Sox signing Dunn 2. Cubs might sign someone 3. Bears preparing for Detroit and 4. Blackhypes have practice tonight, ... and that's all for sports. The story in the Trib this morning is buried on p. 6 and I would have missed it if I weren't looking for it.

    No mention from Giangreco on ch. 7 but they found time to talk about the SJ-Ottawa NHL game.

    Can these people really be this oblivious to the top national/international sports story of the day?

  • In reply to oliotya:

    They just know nothing about it so they ignore it.

    I was dying to hear some info on the big SJ-Ottawa match up just like everyone else in Chicago ;)

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Don Garber better not even consider looking into aligning the MLS season to the FIFA calendar. There is no need to bow down to them after this bitch smack to the US.

  • In reply to pezkoreaddict:

    I think that charade is probably over with.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Doug, Kaplan admitted on CSN in June that he doesn't care for soccer and doesn't get it. On the flipside, he had Dykstra in the studio to talk about the team. Also, George Ofman on WGN radio insults the game of soccer and he says the World Cup is unwatchable and laughs at it. The only sports anchor on channel 7 is willing to talk about the World Cup story would be Jim Rose. Yesterday, 620 AM WDAE Tampa Bay afternoon host opened his show talking about the World Cup bid and how he can't stand Blatter and Gulati should be canned.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Good to know there is better sports radio in a town like Tampa than there is in Chicago. ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    Exactly, especially a radio sports personality that knows soccer. That area (Florida in general) is college football/pro football dominant. The other day he was talking football and having his producer giving Real Madrid and FC Barcelona game.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I meant Real Madrid and FC Barcelona updates.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I,m hoping they have exposed themselves as the corrupt Mafia they have always been. Qatar is a corrupt medieval kingdom which will have to build a dozen stadiums which have no possible use after the event is over. There simply isnt enough population to use such stadiums. Billions spent on useless venues is in itself an obscenity. Jack Warner still having his job after being caught in corruption years ago tells us all we need to know about FIFA.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    From May 2010

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog.php?b=8492

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    On a separate note pointed out by Hot Time in Old Town......Mike Humes, Fire COO who was passed over in favor of Julian Posada when Dave Greeley departed has left the Fire to take a position with the Memphis Grizzlies.

    http://www.hottimeinoldtown.com/2010/12/2/1850629/former-chicago-fire-coo-mike-humes-is-well-former-chicago-fire-coo

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Sam's end of the year recap on mlssoccer.com.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2010-review-best-worst-chicago

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    MLSsoccer.com's offseason checklist........

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2010-review-chicago-offseason-checklist

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Sam's Q&A with Carlos De Los Cobos.......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2010-review-qa-chicagos-de-los-cobos

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Sean Johnson, Baggio Husidic, and Corben Bone all see action in a 2-1 Generation Adidas win against the Real Madrid reserves....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/bunbury-duka-lead-mls-youngsters-past-real-madrid-reserves

  • Read this book.......

    http://www.amazon.com/Foul-Andrew-Jennings/dp/0007208693/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291312662&sr=8-1

    Corruption in FIFA you say?

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