Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

Venues for the 2026 World Cup, which is slated to be the first WC to feature 48 teams, will be chosen from 23 stadiums that now exist or are already under construction. The 2026 tournament will be held in United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat that of Morocco on Wednesday.

World Cup opening games have traditionally been a specialist taste, enjoyed by people who remember the sight of the Queen and Tony Blair holding hands to sing Auld Lang Syne under the Millennium Dome as 1999 turned into 2000, and Prince gave way to Pulp, when all that anticipation and expense dissolved into the dampest of squibs in the English rain.

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.

But which cities and stadiums will host games at the tournament is still being determined.

This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when U.S. and Switzerland investigators unveiled corruption on an unprecedented scale afterwards.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026".

"The handsome game transcends borders and cultures".

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The North American proposal is referred to as United 2026, as it bested a rival Moroccan bid , 134 votes to 65. In 2002, Japan and South Korea both were granted automatic bids when they co-hosted the World Cup .

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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.

There was a feeling before the world's football associations gathered at the Moscow congress that more might sentimentally favour Morocco's bid, but all the numbers were stacked in North America's favour.

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.

England, like Morocco, knows the feeling of falling short in the bid to host the World Cup.

An FA spokesperson said: "We congratulate the USA, Canada and Mexico on winning the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup".

"Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent".

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