Barely two weeks after the announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has made a trip to the Gulf state. Arriving at the headquarters of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) in the capital of Doha, Blatter met with Mohamed bin Hammam, President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC); Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, President of the QFA; Saoud Al-Mohannadi, General Secretary of the QFA; and Hassan Al-Thawadi, CEO of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee.
The FIFA President then enjoyed an audience with His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar. The two then attended a special press conference, where they signed the official award agreement for the organisation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2021 Confederations Cup in Qatar.
“I am delighted to be here in Qatar today and to sign this document,” said Blatter. “I would like to congratulate the Qatar Football Association and the Bid Committee. FIFA is very satisfied with the Executive Committee’s decision to award the FIFA World Cup to an Arab nation for the first time and to continue promoting the development of football throughout the world.”