On Thursday, FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, meaning the United States lost out on its chance to become just the sixth ever two-time host (the U.S. hosted in 1994).â†µ
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, the son of Qatar's emir and head of the emirate's bid team, said he was looking forward to the first time a Middle Eastern nation hosts the event.â†µ
"Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance. You will be proud of us - and you will be proud of the Middle East. I promise you this," he said.â†µ
The New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, was on the Board of Directors seeking to land the 2022 World Cup; he influential in helping American get the event in the 1994.â†µ
In 1994, Foxboro Stadium was the site for six matches, including the quarterfinal between Italy and Spain. Similarly, Boston and Gillette Stadium were part of the U.S.' 18-city bid for 2022.