We may not be hosts soon but we can take notes

Posted June 17, 2018

The vote at Fifa's annual congress, held this year in Moscow, came a day before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

An Odisha-based miniature artist named L Eswar Rao has created miniature Fifa World Cup 2018 trophy on a pencil and on crayon. Germany will be 90 minutes away from their second straight World Cup, while France will be 90 minutes away from getting redemption from the 2016 Euros final loss.

According to US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to show that everyone can be united through sports.

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Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986.

The Cup will feature 48 teams in 2026, up 16 from this year.

But two English-speaking African countries, Liberia and South Africa, have defected to the North America bid.

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Where Morocco needed to spend billions of dollars building or renovating all 14 proposed stadiums, North America could host the World Cup nearly immediately if needed. "Two years later, Federation Internationale de Football Association is alive and well, full of joy and passion and with a vision for its future". Both the United States and Canada failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.

Morocco secured 65 votes, with the one remaining going to "none of the bids". As part of the joint bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions. "We sat there for eight hours in Houston and walked through each portion of our bid hour after hour, so I'm sure we'll do that again", Nelson says.

The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday's vote.

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Pena Nieto posted a video to his Twitter feed in which he said: "Football knows that Canada, the United States and Mexico are deeply united". This victory comes at a time when tensions between North American nations are high, with relations between the nations becoming more divisive, no thanks to the Trump Administration. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the seven guaranteed qualification slots reserved for the region as host. However, the French legend was also voted the best player at the tournament, scoring three goals in six games, including one in the final.