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Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026

13 June, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • US, Mexico, Canada to host FIFA 2026 World Cup

Mexico hosted the 1986 World Cup, while the USA was awarded the tournament in 1994 but Canada, who have appeared just once at the tournament, have never hosted.

Major League Soccer released the following statement: "The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America".

In March, B.C. Premier John Horgan said he was not willing to write a "blank cheque" to have Vancouver host soccer matches for the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

"Football is the only victor". For the first time in history, FIFA's Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the tournament.

The 2026 World Cup will look a whole lot different that previous iterations of the tournament, thanks to the fact that it will be hosted by three countries - the United States, Mexico and Canada - and expanded to 48 teams for the first time.

Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups.

The Pharaohs fell in an arguably reasonable group, in their first World Cup appearance since 1990, alongside Uruguay, the hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.

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Moroccan bid leader, Hicham El Amrani, argued their 12 host cities are "very close to each other", while there will be huge travelling distances involved if the joint bid won. "Our cities are ready to host today", said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid Committee.

Anxious that rivals might try to turn the vote into a referendum on Trump, who is deeply unpopular in many parts of the world, organizers of the North American bid took pains to dissociate their efforts from politics.

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal were the three Canadian cities designated in the bid to possibly host games in the 2026 tournament, which is expanding to 48 team, up from the current 32-team format.

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Allied with that unpredictability came an unpalatable presence at the heart of the United bid - U.S. President Donald Trump.

Guess who will be attending the Fifa World Cup as a personal guest of Vladimir Putin? The organization is set to earn more than $6 billion in the four-year cycle tied to this year's World Cup, with an estimated profit exceeding $100 million.

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