US, Mexico, Canada embark on World Cup history with winning bid

14 June, 2018, 07:03 | Author: Wade Massey
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After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

"The United bid was strong and if it was just the United States, I think Morocco would have beaten them", said Cameroon federation official Kevin Njomo, whose country voted for Morocco.

"I would like to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Majesty the King, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, and my good friend His Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh for your tremendous support of the United bid", said Cordeiro.

Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round.

Russians will be hoping Mourinho is proved right, and that the World Cup party starts with a welcome win for the hosts.

The North American countries won with 134 votes, or 67 percent, against an upstart campaign from Morocco, which garnered 65 votes, in the Wednesday morning vote in Moscow. Most national teams prefer to establish their pre-World Cup training compounds away from their first-round group-game cities.

Miami and Orlando are among the 23 cities in the running to host matches, and Hard Rock Stadium - built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out global matches - is expected to be selected.

Montopoli, speaking for the Canadian portion of the bid, said only that they had the government guarantees they had required.

Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.

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"In the three times that African teams have played in the quarter-finals, we have always lost out narrowly", he told KweséESPN.

Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino, looked opportunistically quick to immediately put himself forward for re-election next year, and he was followed by USA president Donald Trump with a self-congratulatory tweet. The two highest-ranked teams according to FIFA's rankings will receive byes, while the other four will play knockout games.

The average stadium capacity for the tournament is 55,000, with the largest the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, best known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team.

North America is optimistically promising to deliver $14 billion in revenue helped, while the tournament won't require major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.

Shanks is gearing up for this year's tournament in Moscow, which will be broadcast in the U.S.by Fox Sports, and will take place in 11 cities across Russian Federation.

Thirty-two national teams are participating in the World Cup football championships in Russian Federation.

With the successful bid, the men's World Cup will be coming to Canada for the first time.

In other World Cup news, the Spanish Football Association fired manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.

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