Trump's meddling is likely to work against US World Cup bid

Posted May 10, 2018

Members of soccer's global governing body, FIFA's Congress, will meet in Moscow on June 13 to select the host.

Morocco have also shown interest in hosting the 2026 edition of the championship and have already won the support of several countries from the Gulf region, in Africa and some parts of Europe win the hosting rights. The North African application has received the support of several countries from all over the world, including Saint Lucia, Qatar, Botswana, Nigeria, Kenya, Belgium, France, Egypt, and Tunisia.

It has likewise been shadowed by stadium development deferrals and fears extending from hooliganism to supremacist serenades at matches. Last month Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said there would not have been any recent economic growth in Russia without investment generated by preparations for the tournament.

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Olsson's latest barb at Federation Internationale de Football Association follows his criticism last month of its "expansion drive" after a 48-team World Cup in Qatar 2022 was also suggested.

The games have also been plagued by stadium construction delays and concerns about the possibility of fans engaging in hooliganism and racist chants at matches. The US hosted the tournament 24 years ago.

Last week Trump sent out a message to countries that they better support the US-Mexico-Canada bid and he continued lobbying during a joint news conference with the Nigerian President.

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Putin said he hoped the Russian team would perform well.

"We all very much hope that our players will commit themselves to the game, will give all they got, playing to their full potential", said Putin. "And most importantly, that they play the strong-willed, uncompromising soccer that the fans value and love".

Russian Federation has never gotten past the group stage in any tournament because it reached the semifinals of their 2008 European Championship.

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The update will also be made available to Fifa Mobile players for a limited time, EA Sports said, beginning on June 6.