United North American bid awarded 2026 FIFA World Cup over Morocco

Lawrence Kim
June 14, 2018

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.

Safe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, it is also disappointing for romantics fancying another tournament in Africa - and laced with contradictions, too. The tournament has been jointly hosted only once before, by Japan and Korea in 2002.

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

"Thank you for the incredible privilege", US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro told voting delegates from 203 countries today.

"The lovely game transcends borders and cultures. And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck". "Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!" The North American proposal is referred to as United 2026, as it bested a rival Moroccan bid, 134 votes to 65. This came in response to an invitation from President Vladimir Putin.

The loss is Morocco's fifth in a World Cup bidding process after previous tries in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

He then escorted Putin off the stage and the conference - which announced North America would host the 2026 World Cup - stopped for an unscheduled coffee break.

The FA was among the first to congratulate the US' joint bid with Mexico and Canada. The United States is likely to have 10 cities selected to host games, while Mexico and Canada are expected to each have three.

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