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"Football today is the only victor".

FIFA member federations voted in favor of the North American bid over Morocco. There was one abstention. But with the tournament expanding from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, tripling the hosts would not cause as many ripples.

"Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour".

"The organisation will also be hoping for a positive response from sponsors to the "Fifa 2" modernising reforms introduced by president Gianni Infantino in 2016". At the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, he oversaw four fixtures including France-Germany in the quarterfinals. That includes Adidas AG, Dalian Wanda Group, and Coca-Cola Co.

A film promised natural grass on every pitch at "iconic" and "state-of-the art" stadiums already built, a sly dig at Morocco, whose stadium infrastructure is far from complete.

Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15-minute presentations in front of congress, at the Moscow Expocentre, where the North Americans pledged their tournament would generate an $11 billion profit, while Morocco said theirs would make $5 billion.

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All of FIFA's 211 member associations - save the bidding countries - were eligible to take part in the electronic vote.

Large votes are often swayed by small concessions promised to the right number of smaller nations or by regional biases. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

Canada and the United States did not qualify for the tournament. Competing against South Korea, Japan, Australia and Qatar, the US seemed like the obvious choice given its existing stadiums and geo-political standing.

The North American proposal had lined up high-profile backers, including soccer star David Beckham, who said that "the World Cup deserves to be in great places", and U.S. President Donald Trump, who combined support for the bid with a veiled threat to those that planned to vote for competing offers.

The event has since been moved to November to avoid Qatar's blistering summer temperatures, bribery accusations abound, and potential human rights violations at the stadium sites have caused outrage from the global community.