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Posted at 1:31 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Qatar World Cup: Local reaction to the World Cup 2022 announcement

By Matt Bonesteel

A Post videographer was at the Newseum today to capture the reaction after the United States lost the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. United Coach Ben Olsen is among the interviewees.

Video from happier times here.

By Matt Bonesteel  | December 2, 2010; 1:31 PM ET
Categories:  2022 World Cup  
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A study commissioned by the Bid Committee said the U.S. World Cup and would have generated $ 5 billion for the United States, with the host cities to share those dollars. World Cup 2022 Announcement http://usspost.com/world-cup-2022-announcement-23311/

Posted by: susan166 | December 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

2018 question:

Does anyone know which Russian cities will host World Cup games?

I guess it may not be official yet, but there should at least be a list of the candidate cities. I saw an article listing 12 English cities which would have hosted WC games but haven't seen any list for Russia.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious the suit guys in FIFA wanted to sell their votes to the highest bidder while they are still in office. It's a simple cash out. How will you explain making the auction for something that will happen 12 years from now? The only explanation is that the people in charge maybe thinking they won't be in office when time is due to make the decision thus not profiting from it then. The world cup today is a bigger event than the Olympics but the selection process isn't nearly as televised and covered as the Olympics decision and for good reasons on behalf of FIFA's executives. This makes no sense Quatar in July, I can't wait and FIFA isn't even growing a market for the sport - most of the spectators will fly in from Soccer prone countries. Edan Aharony

Posted by: EdanAharony | December 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

In Russia -
Fourteen cities are included in the current proposal, which divides them into five different clusters: one in the north, centered on St. Petersburg, a central cluster, centered on Moscow, a southern cluster, centered on Sochi, and the Volga River cluster. Only one city beyond the Ural Mountains is cited, Yekaterinburg. The other cities are: Kaliningrad in the north cluster, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar in the south cluster and Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Saransk, Samara and Volgograd in the Volga River cluster.

Sochi is the site of the 2014(?) Winter Olympics

Sounds like one big cluster....to me!

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 2, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Fulham.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 2, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

@Joel_M_Lane

Russian cities:

http://www.russia2018-2022.com/en/the-bid/host-cities.aspx

Moscow

North Cluster:
Kaliningrad
St. Petersburg

Volga Cluster:
Kazan
Nizhny Novgorod
Yaroslavl
Samara
Volgograd
Saransk

Southern Cluster:
Krasnodar
Rostov-on-Don
Sochi

URAL
Yekaterinburg

And with all the clusters hopefuly it wouldn't one big cluster f....k

Posted by: goldenpack | December 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Ural Volga, every one of you.

(walking of the field in anticipation of the straight red for a pun with intent to harm)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Love the new AODC t-shirt Chris is sporting!

Unite & Strengthen

Posted by: KireDCU | December 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, love the Danny Gatton soundtrack, too!

Posted by: KireDCU | December 2, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

OK - now that I've cooled off from the World Cup defeat and I'm trying to remain calm - I now turn my attention back to the following:

DC United's rebuilding
DC United's DC Stadium
MLS NOT expanding past 20
MLS Making the Switch on calendars

Wait - I said I was trying to remain calm...

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | December 2, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

any reason, besides tradition, they could not hold the 2022 cup in, say, feb or march, when it would actually be an appealing place to be? i mean, average highs of 115? thats just too hot. yes, it would be unusual and maybe set a bad example, but with 12 years to plan...

obviously would involve rearranging domestic (and UEFA) schedules (a long spring break), but...

Posted by: rainORshine | December 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ural Volga, every one of you.

(walking of the field in anticipation of the straight red for a pun with intent to harm)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Yes, you may continue your Zizou like walk off the pitch....

Posted by: JkR- | December 2, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Rock Me Amadeus! Falcao with the hat trick.

Posted by: Reignking | December 2, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

And Falcao with that hat trick in...Vienna.

Posted by: Reignking | December 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

We are getting towards the end of the year - aren't we in that time period to receive some stadium news?

[Looking for things to spike my blood pressure]

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | December 2, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

All I was trying to do was show my daughter Benny and we end up on the video... LOL. check the little girl in with her hand in her mouth in the background...LOL. Total bummer, but on the bright side LilRyan got to take a pic with Talon and someone at the DCU table gave her a size 1 World Cup Final ball... OH well. Can't say we didn't try.

Also, @ WorldCup, holler next season and join us for a tailgate! Especially if any early games are scheduled we'll be there with the kids!

Posted by: DadRyan | December 2, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I am Not going to a racist sexist homophobic republic like Qatar! for any reason!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 2, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I think I won some of those clusters while battling my kids last night in RISK.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Everyone needs to wake up, the soccer world is larger than it was 20 years ago and FIFA did the right thing to move the WC east.

We have seen the WC many time in Europe, North and South America, in Africa once but never in the far east where soccer is the number one sport..
Russia and Qatar deserves the chance hot or cold

Posted by: Kmd1 | December 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

1. Does this mean we don't owe Jack Warner any more favors and can go back to CONCACAF qualifiers that don't require us to play on every sand bar in the Caribbean?
2. Does this mean we don't owe Sepp Bla(dd)er any favors and don't have to switch MLS to a fall to spring schedule?
3. If I'm being charitable, does this mean that to win a bid you must build new shiny stadiums instead of using old ones? That's the main difference between Qatar and Russia and the rest of the bids.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | December 2, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

We have seen the WC many time in Europe, North and South America, in Africa once but never in the far east where soccer is the number one sport..
Russia and Qatar deserves the chance hot or cold

Posted by: Kmd1 | December 2, 2010 4:25 PM

Japan? Korea? Fail?

Posted by: Reignking | December 2, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

2002 was so long ago, who can remember that far back??

Posted by: rockotodd | December 2, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Terrible choice. I don't think I can add anything that dozens of people of haven't already added, but I want to say that FIFA's top criterion should be providing an enjoyable experience to the fans that are shelling out thousands of dollars to attend the cup. They failed miserably. Not even a world cup could get me to spend two weeks in Qatar.

Also, someone should really investigate the "punters" who put the large bets on Qatar to win the bid.

Posted by: BooThisMan | December 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

kmd -- You missed badly, on all points. Of course, it's not the far east, where there has already been a Cup finals. It's the Middle East. The problem folks have with the bid is not that it went to a Middle Eastern country or even an Arab one. It's that it went to a tiny one -- with an indigenous population about the size of the District of Columbia, and a total population that is considerably smaller than the metro DC region.

This isn't the Olympics, with it's single-city focus. The appeal of the Cup is that it has given fans an excuse to tour another country, while taking in the incredible atmosphere of the Cup tournament and the excitement of the games themselves.

With the USA hosting, their would be huge rooting sections for each team at each game. In Qatar, that's just not likely. Also, there's not much to see fr do in Qatar, and the atmosphere will be unlike any earlier Cup. There won't be the outdoor gatherings =-- the fanfests, etc. -- because it's too hot.

I'm sure they'll build spectacular stadiums for the games, but it's not a great choice for the tournament. Almost any other country in the region would be a more interesting place to visit.

I can't see myself spending the money to go over there.

Posted by: fischy | December 2, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Garber thinks the bid had the right, transformational message. I wonder if he's right.

If the point of the bid was to help vault MLS into the ranks of the top four or five leagues, I'm not sure how that was supposed to appeal to the other FIFA members. They're delighted to bring the game to new markets, but I'm not sure they want to turn the MLS into a new mega-league that threatens the viability of their own professional clubs.

We don't know which countries supported Qatar and which supported the USA bid, but it's pretty clear that CONMEBOL votes went to Qatar. Those countries may see MLS" growth as a threat to their ability to keep quality players at home. They already know they'll lose their best players to Europe. How excited can they be to see a new bully in the neighborhood, laying claim to the next echelon of their professional players?

Posted by: fischy | December 2, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to the World Cup 2022, I think we should skip talk about a Group of Death.

Posted by: GeneWells | December 2, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

We don't know which countries supported Qatar and which supported the USA bid, but it's pretty clear that CONMEBOL votes went to Qatar.

Posted by: fischy | December 2, 2010 5:14 PM

Perhaps Qatar promised some of their deconstructed stadiums and facilities to CONMEBOL and other FIFA committee countries?

Wow, now there's a sentence I never thought I would type!

Posted by: Kev29 | December 2, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

FIFA, you did so well in awarding the World Cup to South Africa and Brazil, but now you go completely off the rails with Qatar and Russia. What a complete and unmitigated disaster for soccer fans everywhere.

Posted by: jungleboyDave | December 2, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe with global warming Qatar will be cooler in 2022 :-)

Or we could fight global warming and stop using fosil fuels...but then Qatar wouldn't have cash to host a World Cup.

Posted by: Southeasterner | December 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse


GeneWells...you hit the last nail in the coffin.

I know where I won't be in 2022. I may be dust by then but I won't blow to that godforsaken part of the world.


Posted by: mortified469 | December 2, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Wake me up in 2026 when I might actually consider going to a WC again. (Well, maybe after Brazil's...

Utterly ridiculous to host in Qatar. At least Russia has a team

Posted by: RRP1 | December 2, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least we'll be able to take grim satisfaction when Qatar fails to make it out of the group stage with 0 points and a -20 goal differential.

Posted by: BooThisMan | December 2, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I love all the whining and hypocrisy by the soccer fans on this board. If the US would have won the bid no one would have mentioned that FIFA is a corrupt organization and all would have been right in the world. Grow up, the US isn't the absolute center of the universe any more.

Posted by: Aerowaz | December 2, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I love all the whining and hypocrisy by the soccer fans on this board.

And I love the whining about the whining.

If the US would have won the bid no one would have mentioned that FIFA is a corrupt organization and all would have been right in the world.

Funny, Qatar won, and no one on this thread mentioned that FIFA is a corrupt organization.

Grow up, the US isn't the absolute center of the universe any more.

I was unaware that it ever was. But you've missed the point. That the US lost isn't the problem. That the most unqualified country won is the problem.

Posted by: BooThisMan | December 2, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I love the never ever posting dick head that always surfaces at moments like these. Most of the daily readers and posters here are fairly level headed and probably less myopic than you are trying to make it sound Aerowad. Me on the other hand... It's not about the US being the center of the universe dude, it's about the ridiculousness of a tiny butthole of an "emirate" who has ZERO going for it in terms of being a destination for anyone other than South East Asian Slaves winning the bid. Give me Australia. Fine, but Qatar is stupid. You might as well send the World Cup to Antarctica. It would make about as much sense.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 2, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Off topic:

Houston gets new stadium to be built by the Dynamo and paid for by Harris County.

Who's left in MLS besides San Jose and DCU?

Baltimore United: Unleash the Balmer.

Posted by: lgm6986 | December 2, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

GeneWells...you hit the last nail in the coffin.

Posted by: mortified469 | December 2, 2010 7:11 PM |

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A coffin? Who's in there? I demand an investigation...

Posted by: fischy | December 2, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

as 'the guardian' football podcast pointed out, the WC slots went to the two richest countries willing to splash out on stadia and bribes, which should have been a surprise to no one given the FIFA hierarchy's self-centered budget-padding practices....

Posted by: a-littlebird-ptolemy | December 2, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

The only positive that has come out of this whole situation is that I now know what DadRyan looks like. So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

Posted by: tcbannon | December 3, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

... I now know what DadRyan looks like.
Posted by: tcbannon | December 3, 2010 8:11 AM
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So do the cops.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Off topic:
Houston gets new stadium to be built by the Dynamo and paid for by Harris County.
Who's left in MLS besides San Jose and DCU?
Baltimore United: Unleash the Balmer.
Posted by: lgm6986

---actually isn't San Jose already building a stadium?? If so then DC is #1 again, sort of.

Posted by: rockotodd | December 3, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The only positive that has come out of this whole situation is that I now know what DadRyan looks like. So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

Posted by: tcbannon |

Uh oh... You lookin' to spark one up or did I piss you off to the point of no forgiveness at one time on this blog? Hopefully the former, or perhaps some burgers and brews in lot 8 next season if you aren't of the hazy persuasion... :)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 3, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Lil' Ryan is looking good! Glad y'all made it...sorry the U.S. didn't.

See ya next spring in lot 8, Brother.

Jeremy

Posted by: Smitty68 | December 3, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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