Two lamps shine next to the FIFA sign at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. FIFA will announce the 2018 and 2022 Soccer World Cup hosts later the day. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) By Michael Probst
ZURICH (AP) -- 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.
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