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Historic Bid Journey

Qatar’s decision to bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ was based on a simple idea: the time is right for the Middle East to host the world’s most spectacular sporting event, and Qatar is the place to do it.

We told the world to expect amazing. At home and across the globe, we energised our supporters and convinced sceptics that Qatar was the best choice. We won the chance to bring the world together in 2022.

We cherish this opportunity to open our doors to the world, sharing the beauty of Qatar and the Middle East: the warmth of our people, the richness of our culture and the boldness of our aspirations for football and the future.

The bid begins

16 March 2009

The bid team starts its long journey towards securing 2022 FIFA World Cup™ hosting rights for Qatar.

Brazil vs England

14 November 2009

Qatar hosted a match between football powerhouses Brazil and England, giving the world a sneak preview of what to expect from a FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar! 

Soccerex Johannesburg

28 November – 2 December 2009

The bid travelled to Soccerex Johannesburg to announce two new ambassadors – football legends Ronald de Boer and Gabriel Batistuta.

Confederation of African Football Congress

29 – 31 January 2010

Qatar embraced African football. The bid team visited the continent that would go on to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, to show our support.

Guardiola ambassador launch

18 February 2010

One of the most well-known and respected figures in world football, Pep Guardiola, announced his support at a surprise event in Barcelona.

Arab Sports & Youth Ministers Conference in Beirut

8 April 2010

Sports and Youth Ministers from across the Arab world pledged their support for bringing the FIFA World Cup™ to the Middle East for the first time.

Stadium reveal & GCC ambassadors launch

28 – 29 April 2010

Football stars from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries showed their support for the bid as we announced five new stadiums at an event in Dubai.

Lebanon pitch launch

31 May 2010

Demonstrating our commitment to football development, we inaugurated a pitch for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon as part of Generation Amazing 2010.

FIFA World Cup™ fan zone

11 June – 11 July 2010

Fans in Qatar got a taste of the excitement that surrounds the FIFA World Cup™ at a fan zone in Doha’s Souq Waqif.

Generation Amazing in South Africa

13 – 17 June 2010

We took promising young players from our football development programmes in Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Syria and Qatar, to soak up the FIFA World Cup™ atmosphere, build leadership skills, and play against South African youth teams.

FIFA inspection visit

13 – September 2010

FIFA’s visit to Qatar, to inspect potential facilities for the tournament, was topped off by the surprise announcement of a new ambassador: global football icon Zinedine Zidane.

Argentina vs Brazil

17 November 2010

As excitement reached a fever pitch ahead of decision day for the bid, Argentina and Brazil played in front of a packed stadium at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. A late goal by Messi sealed the match for Argentina.

Decision day in Zurich & fan zones in Doha

2 December 2010

Nervous excitement gave way to jubilation as FIFA announced Qatar as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™!

Victory parade

3 December 2010

The entire country turned out to welcome the bid team home upon its triumphant return from Zurich.

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