Here Is How Much Every Host Nation Has Splashed On FIFA WORLD CUP Since 1994: Who Is The Biggest Spender?

This year’s FIFA World Cup is set to be hosted in the Middle East by Qatar.

The forthcoming tournament where the finest national teams will be tussling for the ‘golden’ trophy, kicks off with millions of fans witnessing the hosts playing against Ecuador on 20 November.

As nations prepare for this year’s edition, iHarare is taking a look at how much every host nation has splashed on the quadrennial international men’s football tournament since 1994.

World Cup Trophy [Photo Credit: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images]


The 1994 World Cup was hosted by the United States Of America. The USA splashed 500 million dollars on hosting this major sporting event.

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The 1994 tournament is regarded as one of the most successful tournaments economically as the USA spent far less than the billions other countries splashed in hosting the World Cup tournament.

France were the next host of the 16th edition. The nation hosted the 1998 World Cup tournament which featured 32 teams instead of the previous 24, with the Stade de France in Paris hosting the final match.

Organizers of the tournament had to spend $2.3 billion.

In 2002, the organizers had to endure a cost of $7 billion in hosting the tournament. Japan and Korea hosted the tournament and FIFA promised the two nations $110m for hosting the event. Apart from that, FIFA also allowed  both nations to keep all the revenue from ticket sales.

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Other Host Nations’ Costs

  • Germany 2006: $4.3 billion
  • South Africa 2010: $3.6 billion
  • Brazil 2014: $15 billion
  • Russia 2018: $11.6 billion

This year’s tournament will witness Qatar spending roughly $220 billion which is nearly 20 times more than how much was spent by Russia in the previous tournament.

From the staggering $220 billion, it is reported that an estimated $10 billion has been splashed on stadiums only.

In explaining why Qatar has splashed that much, Communications Executive Director for the tournament Fatma Al Nuaimi said:

“Meanwhile, the World Cup is a part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, a broader government strategy promoting the intensive development of urban and national facilities and industry, in addition to education and healthcare systems.

“The $200bn figure, often associated with the World Cup, is part of this ambitious strategy for Qatar’s national development and modernization.

“Most of these large-scale infrastructure projects, which will be used by teams and fans in 2022, such as new roads, a subway, an airport, hotels, and other tourist facilities were planned even before we obtained the right to host the World Cup.”


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