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North America defeats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

North America defeats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament played in the expanded 48-team format, up from the current 32 countries.

The three countries presented a "United Bid" that promised to take football to a combined 500million people in North America and were awarded 134 votes to Morocco's 65. Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games.

Former president Bill Clinton and other celebrities spent almost two years campaigning and the US still lost to Qatar.

"If we get to host in 2026, that's the realization of a lifelong dream, to get back to the World Cup, and to give kids that opportunity to be inspired like I was in 1986".

The World Cup is coming to Canada.

After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hope to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champions in more than a half-century.

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Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association whose dramatic fall from power corresponded with revelations of widespread corruption among the organisation's top officials, will attend the World Cup in Russia as a personal guest of President Vladimir Putin. Canada has never hosted the World Cup but staged the Olympic Games in 1976, the U17 World Cup in 1987, the U20 World Cup in 2007 and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.The 2022 FIFA World Cup finals will take place in Qatar.

The "United Bid" calls for the U.S.to host 60 matches, including all games from the quarter-finals through to the final.

Canada and the United States did not qualify for the tournament.

Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in October both Blatter and ex-UEFA head Michel Platini, who was also suspended following an ethics investigation, would be welcome at the World Cup as "old friends" of the Russian president. Citing a number of high-profile sponsors dropping FIFA, London newspaper The Independent reported that FIFA's 2018 World Cup sponsorship revenues were down $240 million.

Officials have already talked of staging three games, one in each of the three countries, to kick off the tournament.