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A look at the next three Fifa World Cups

A look at the next three Fifa World Cups

In March 2004, the South American Football Confederation announced that Brazil will host the 20th FIFA World Cup in 2014. From June 12, 2014 to July 13, 2014, 32 teams will bestow upon the South American nation Brazil will be hosting the historic international football (soccer) tournament for the second time since 1950.

The qualification draw was held on July 30, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil automatically qualified since it was the host nation.

12 Brazilian host cities were announced in May 2009. Half the cities will host games in brand new venues that were especially constructed and designed for the World Cup. Other stadiums will either be demolished and rebuilt or be upgraded.

Belo Horizonte Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto (Mineirao)

Brasilia Estadio Mane Garrincha (Estadio Nacional)

Cuiaba Arena Pantanal/Governador Jose Fragelli (Novo Verdao)

Curitiba Estadio Joaquim Americo Guimaraes (Arena da Baixada)

Fortaleza Estadio Placido Aderaldo Castelo (Castelao)

Manaus Arena Amazonia/Vivaldo Lima (Novo Vivaldao)

Natal Arena das Dunas/Joao Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado (Novo Machado)

Porto Alegre Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda (Beira Rio)

Rio de Janeiro Estadio Mario Filho (Maracana)

Sao Paulo Novo Estadio de Corinthians

Brazil’s World Cup logo is called “Inspiration.”

In December 2010, 22 members of the FIFA Executive Committee convened in Switzerland to select the host for the 21st FIFA World Cup.

After nine nations inserted their bids Mexico later withdrew their bid and Indonesia’s bid was rejected by FIFA the committee chose Russia to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Russia defeated Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands and England.

Although the qualification process has yet to begin, the international tournament will begin on June 8, 2018 and end on July 18, 2018. The tournament will take place at 16 different venues in 13 host cities.

Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Stadium

Qatar will be the official host of the 22nd FIFA World Cup. It will be the first Arab nation to host such a prestigious international tournament. Although no dates have been established, the country introduced their logo.

The 2022 World Cup bidding process has been covered in controversy since the standard procedures began in early 2010. In May of this year, there were allegations of bribery of two FIFA Executive Committee members. Qatar officials denied these accusations.

Qatar has also been criticized for its climate because temperatures can reach as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius). However, Qatar explains that temperature will not be an issue because each stadium has the technology to convert solar energy into electricity that will then be used to “cool both fans and players at the stadium.”

The issue of alcohol has been a concern as well since drinking is currently only consumed in a few bars, hotel restaurants and clubs. The primary concern is where alcohol can be consumed, but chief executive of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid, Hassan Abdulla al Thawadi, said the government would permit the sale of alcohol during the World Cup.

Another worry is homosexuality. Being gay is presently illegal in Qatar, which is a concern of FIFA President Sepp Blatter who stated: “We (FIFA) don’t want any discrimination. What we want to do is open this game to everybody, and to open it to all cultures, and this is what we are doing in 2022.”

Qatar Gets 2022 World Cup Bid

Qatar Gets 2022 World Cup Bid

Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup games, which may have many here in the United States in a, well, state of shock right now. The United States was also in the running for a FIFA World Cup bid, but was cast aside in favor of Russia for 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Qatar Will Host 2022 World Cup, Moscow Gets 2018 Games

Some, including contributor Max Kellerman on CNN today, feel corruption played a part in the decision for Qatar to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. “Russia getting the bid might make sense,” Kellerman explained, but the Qatar bid for 2022 smells fishy to him. Or rather, oily. According to Kellerman, petroleum influence and a bunch of money may have been the deciding factor in the World Cup bids.

FIFA investigations into corruption allegations, including vote tampering when it came to the World Cup bids, have resulted in some suspensions, such as those of voting members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii. In the meantime, Kellerman (and others) find it curious Qatar, a small, isolated Arab peninsula that seems to literally grow directly out of Saudi Arabia like an extra limb, would garner the 13 votes needed to secure it’s place.

Then again, like any peninsula, all of Qatar is surrounded by beautiful beachfront. The waters of the Persian Gulf lap the shores, and all of a sudden your World Cup travels include a relaxing beach trip. Jennifer Waite is also the Tucson Rock Music Examiner on Exami.

FA to abstain in Fifa presidential election

FA to abstain in Fifa presidential election

FA chiefs had all but ruled out supporting current incumbent Sepp Blatter and last week’s fresh allegations of World Cup bidding corruption involving Qatar made it increasingly likely that they would abstain in the vote on June 1.

Blatter’s opponent is Mohamed Bin Hammam, whose own candidacy has been tarnished by claims in Parliament last week that two FIFA members were paid 1.5million dollars to vote for Qatar 2022 he played the key role in securing the tournament for his country.

FA chairman David Bernstein said in a statement today: “There are a well reported range of issues both recent and current which, in the view of The FA board, make it difficult to support either candidate.

“The FA values its relationships with its international football partners extremely highly.

“We are determined to play an active and influential role through our representation within both UEFA and FIFA.

“We will continue to work hard to bring about any changes we think would benefit all of international football.”

It was known that at least one board member was planning to encourage fellow directors to register a protest by not voting for either candidate.

The board member told Press Association Sport: “The events of last week have not helped Bin Hammam, it would be very difficult to support Blatter so abstaining looks the most likely course.”

Bernstein earlier made it clear that abstaining was one of three choices to be put to the FA board, along with voting for Blatter, from Switzerland, or Bin Hammam.

Bernstein admitted last week “it wouldn’t go down very well” with the public if the FA board decided to vote for the 75 year old Blatter.

He said: “We will look at the recent events and take that on board. There are two candidates and three possible decisions, the other being that we will abstain.”

One of the board members from the amateur game is Roger Burden, who withdrew his application to become FA chairman after the World Cup vote in December, saying he would have to work with FIFA and “I am not prepared to deal with people whom I cannot trust”.

The Premier League members may have argued in favour of Bin Hammam they have developed close links with the head of the Asian confederation but evidently did not win a majority.