Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

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The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.

World soccer's governing body, FIFA, selected Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup.

It followed a campaign centered around record crowds, existing venues and a forecast revenue of $14.3 billion (£10.6 billion/€12.1 billion).

"On behalf of our United bid ... thank you so very much for this incredible honor", Carlos Cordeiro, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, noted after the announcement.

Canada, Mexico, and the United States will now jointly manage preparations for the massive events until Federation Internationale de Football Association establishes their operations to manage the competition.

Saudi Arabia had 60 percent of possession and played almost twice as many passes as their hosts, but were still blown away on opening day. Football today is the only victor. "Morocco would have beaten them". 1986 and 1994, whereas Canada hosted the Women's World Cup in 2015.

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"Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup in history". The others would then be split between Canada and Mexico.

This new format will have 16 more teams, and 16 more games to enjoy taking the total from 64 to 80 games.

Virtually all of Pizzi's players lack the physique of players accustomed to performing at the highest level, and it showed in this game, with Russian Federation dominated in every aspect.

It also helps if you are facing a team who have now lost eight and drawn two of their last 10 World Cup matches, whose defending fell painfully short of World Cup standard and whose attack was non-existent.

Heavy defeats against Brazil and France in March set alarm bells ringing for Russian fans and their 1-1 draw against Turkey last Tuesday means they head into the World Cup without a victory in their last seven matches.

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