United North American bid awarded 2026 FIFA World Cup over Morocco

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 14, 2018

But fear not, for that endurance test was followed in 1990 by one of the most astonishing games in World Cup history, Cameroon's 1-0 victory over holders Argentina at San Siro by virtue of Francois Omam-Biyik's victor and such extraordinary reckless tackling and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm that left several world champions sporting saucer-sized bruises and two Cameroon players with red cards. And given that the 2026 tournament will be the first to host 48 teams-16 more than traditionally, infrastructure was a crucial factor.

Federation Internationale de Football Association overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to support the joint bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico. It beat competition from Morocco by securing 134 votes (including 11 from Africa) compared to 65 for the North African nation.

Putin was the surprise guest of honour at FIFA's annual gathering on the eve of the World Cup, and was welcomed on stage by Gianni Infantino, the governing body's president.

"The attractive game transcends borders and cultures".

Hosting World Cups and Olympic Games is openly a politicians' prestige-burnishing project now, not only for Russia's president Vladimir Putin or Qatar's Emir, seeking soft power from hosting in 2022.

Russian Federation was among those to switch from backing Morocco to the North American effort at the last minute.

Make sure to select the "Fubo Premier" bundle that includes all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets. The US, however, hosted the World Cup on its own merit in 1994, while Mexico have twice before organised the tournament, in 1970 and in 1986.

To do so would have invited ridicule when it needed to build or renovate the 14 stadiums it wants to use - a task FIFA's technical report said "cannot be overstated".

Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process.

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