As a huge fan of Portuguese football and a big fan of Spanish football, I am disappointed with the decision regarding 2018, but I understand it and it makes certain sense and it should be a good world cup. 2022 is a WHOLE DIFFERENT MATTER!
As much as I celebrate the justice of the Arab world getting their first World Cup I do not see the practicality of this decision at all. How are you going to play football in the middle of summer in Qatar? The temperature on the pitch will be around 110-120 degrees every game. Seriously heat stroke for the players is going to be a huge concern. And if FIFA is looking for world cups that will feature free flowing fast paced open games with good scoring opportunities they can forget about it in that kind of oppressive heat. There is simply no way that physically players can maintain a high level of intensity in that kind of playing environment. Will we have our first on field death in a world cup match? This just does not make sense.
So I am disappointed by 2018 but I predict a good (if not great) world cup. The temperature should be moderate thereby and with all of the oil money flowing in Russia (with Abramovich front and center) they should put together some world class stadia, but I think the product on the field in Qatar (I am sure that they too will build some fabulous stadia and that off the field it will be a great experience there) will be a disaster and a terrible world cup.
So 2018 makes sense, but 2022 seems completely unrealistic to me.
PS. I just read that Qatar plans to air condition their open air stadiums to combat the heat. While it may have some functionality in relation to the stands, what about the pitch and the players? Seriously how is that going to work? Short of putting turbines on the touch line that will need to be so strong that they would influence the flight of the ball I don't see anyway that you could cool an open air pitch.