World's Biggest Sports Event Will Return to North America
Jun 13 2018 by Marjorie Miles
A North American joint bid won the rights Wednesday to host the 2026 edition of the celebrated soccer tournament, defeating Morocco and bouncing back from an unfathomable US defeat to Qatar in voting for the 2022 event eight years ago.
Putin stressed that Russian Federation is ready to host the World Cup and ensure that all people who come here will have the finest amenities and the best positive attitudes.
The U.S. has submitted 17 cities to host matches, but that list will be narrowed down to 10 by 2021.
Canada failed in its lone previous bid - to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host. In not many people's lifetime did they ever experience a home World Cup and Canadians are going to get it.
Canada's only appearance at the World Cup came in 1986 when it loss all three of its games and crashed out in the first round.
But the North American bid also faced issues in the run-up to the voting.
The fact is that the joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States has been the front-runner from the moment the partnership was formed two years ago. But that is not carved in stone.
"It's a bit emotional for us today", Carlos Cordeiro, president of U.S. Soccer, said after the vote.
Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest global tournament. Both Valerie Plante of Montreal and John Tory of Toronto retweeted a video of the bid team reacting to the news, with Tory adding, "We won!"
One of the most immediate and significant implications of Wednesday's result is that Canada's mens national team will play at a World Cup for the first time in nearly four decades, as all three host nations likely qualify automatically for the tournament.
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Some big-name cities also opted out of hosting, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Tampa, and Vancouver, B.C., citing uncertainty over cost.
Infantino, the former secretary general of football's European governing body UEFA, was little known before he took over sport's richest governing body.
Moroccan officials, who have stressed throughout their campaign how snatching the tournament from under the noses of the North American favourites will transform the landscape of their country, remain quietly confident they can upset the odds.
"We are very excited and humbled that the FIFA member associations have entrusted the Concacaf region with the honour of hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup in its new extended format", CONCACAF said in a statement.
"We've got a group of men who are hungry and ready to become the last team to earn the right, officially earn the right, to qualify for 2022, which is Qatar".
North America will host the 2026 World Cup after Federation Internationale de Football Association voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. He was born in Ghana in a refugee camp.
Joking aside though, the USA has a track record of putting on quality events, whether that be the 1994 World Cup, the Olympic Games and beyond. "If given the opportunity, I know they will welcome you". All of the proposed stadiums exist already.
The opening World Cup game features the two sides ranked the lowest in the competition.
"Now we're asking for a second chance to show our abilities", he said through an interpreter. A "none of the bids" vote was placed by Iran.
Both bidders will be afforded 15 minutes each for final presentations to Congress, starting with the United bid, before the electronic voting opens with a simple 50 percent majority needed for a victor to be declared.