Qatar to host World Cup in 2022

Minutes earlier, it was also announced that Russia would be the site of the 2018 tournament

Topics: World Cup, Russia,

Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out a bid by the United States to bring soccer’s showcase back to America for the first time since 1994.

FIFA’s executive committee choose Qatar over the U.S., Australia, Japan and South Korea in a secret vote Thursday.

Minutes earlier, Russia was announced as host of the 2018 tournament. It was chosen over England and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

ZURICH (AP) — Russia will host the 2018 World Cup.

It was chosen Thursday by FIFA’s executive committee over England and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium.

Russia won despite the absence of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Zurich. At the last minute, he declined to make a final pitch for his country.

The 2022 host was to be announced minutes later. The U.S. was competing with Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea.

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