North America wins vote to host 2026 World Cup

Achilles the cat lies on a table after attempting to predict the result of the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Achilles the cat lies on a table after attempting to predict the result of the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Winter Games in February and March wouldn't compete with summer World Cup matches for sports' fans attentions, but there might be hand-wringing over the potential cost of both in a single calendar year. "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege".

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first-ever hosted by Russia, is taking place between June 14 and July 15, 2018, in 11 Russian cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. The plan calls for the host 60 matches, and its neighbors to host 10 each.

"With a format like is going to happen from 2026 with 48 national teams I think there are very few countries, maybe none, that could organize a World Cup alone", he said at a news conference earlier this month. The 2010 bidding process in particularly came under scrutiny after a corruption scandal surrounding Federation Internationale de Football Association and its then-head, Sepp Blatter, with critics arguing that Morocco deserved to win over the eventual tournament host, South Africa.

He also said Morocco would implement the projects included in its 2026 bid, despite losing to a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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Mexico and the USA have hosted the World Cup for a total of three times between them and it's believed their profit margin was a key decision in the choice.

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Morocco, hopes to become the second African country after South Africa to host the tournament. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the seven guaranteed qualification slots reserved for the region as host.

UEFA will push strongly for the 2030 World Cup, keeping the modern rate of every third edition hosted in Europe. Could a regional North African bid work with Algeria and Tunisia?

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Aside from wing-back Yasser Al Shahrani, who impressed down the left flank, Saudi Arabia offered little and did not even threaten a shot on target.

American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

"You look at the assets we've got in England, or the United Kingdom, in terms of grounds: some of the best grounds in world football, the best training grounds".

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