But what oil-rich Qatar does have is fabulous wealth, enough to persuade Federation Internationale de Football Association to allow them to host even though that selection process has since been clouded by allegations of bribery.
Russia's success on the pitch made the World Cup especially appealing for the host country.
The World Cup has traditionally been held during the months of May-July, with the majority of competitions taking place in June.
"Russia is handing over the relay baton for hosting the FIFA World Cup to Qatar", Putin said. We must have discussions with the Qataris and then if there is a possibility with the Fifa Council and stakeholders.
He also extended thanks to the Russian government, the organizing committee, the Russian Football Federation and the volunteers who were the "beating heart of the World Cup".
He added that Russian Federation would continue to be a "football country" after the tournament, as the game has become an integral part of the country.
Although fans from European countries were outnumbered by their Latin American counterparts, Sorokin said Europe's interest in the World Cup picked up as the tournament went on.
Infantino said that, despite initial fears, the VAR system had worked well, it had reviewed a of 19 decisions in the 62 matches so far and had corrected 16 decisions which were initially wrong.
The Qatar World Cup in 2022 will be played from November 21 to December 18 for the first time in history.
Ahead of the final in Moscow between France and Croatia, Putin has met at the Kremlin with Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino.
Modric has guided the Golden generation of Croatia to their first ever FIFA World Cup Final.
"For a couple of years I thought that would be the case, but now I can say it with conviction".
"We will decide whether it's 48 or 32 teams in the next few months".
However, Infantino offered the view that Russian Federation 2018 has been the best ever World Cup - referencing the fact that there has only been one scoreless draw in the first 62 games - although his definitive statement was tied in with his praise for the hosts.