Russia and Qatar to host 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup

FIFA's president, Sepp Blatter announced that Russia and Qatar are to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on Thursday.

Qatar's bid beat out the United States by promising technology to cool the stadiums in the country's brutal heat reported The New York Times.

The USA Today reported that Qatar plans to spend $4 billion on the air-conditioned stadiums that sealed their bid.

Spain and Portugal and the Netherlands and Belgium lost their joint bids for 2018. As for 2022, Australia, Japan and South Korea lost the bid as well.

"Thank you for believing in change, thank you for believing in expanding the game, thank you for giving Qatar a chance," said Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar's bid chairman. "We will not let you down. You will be proud of us, you will be proud of the Middle East and I promise you this."

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