Wednesday's announcement by Federation Internationale de Football Association, the world governing body for soccer, that Canada, Mexico and the United States were successful in their joint bid for the 2026 World Cup has many in the Newfoundland and Labrador soccer community already considering their plans for eight years from now.
The 2026 World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time and will be the first with 48 teams taking part.
He also said Morocco would implement the projects included in its 2026 bid, despite losing to a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The midfielder set a new record four years ago for Most FIFA World Cup finals as captain (Brazil 2014 was his fourth tournament as Mexico's skipper) and he could well lead his country at a fifth World Cup having been included in their squad.
"We are ready, we are not afraid", the Argentine told a news conference.
210 members were present with 203 members entitled to vote.
The 2018 World Cup matches will be held in 11 cities and 12 stadiums: Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad and Sochi.
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Russian Federation next play Egypt on Tuesday in St Petersburg while the Saudis face Uruguay the following day in Rostov-on-Don. The match is scheduled to kick off at 8:30pm IST, with opening ceremonies beginning about 30 minutes beforehand.
The final vote came down to Morocco and a joint bid from Mexico, Canada and the United States.
Australia spent $50 million trying to win the 2022 event but received only a single vote.
"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour". 1986 and 1994, whereas Canada hosted the Women's World Cup in 2015.
Denver is one of approximately 23 potential host cities under consideration, although the announcement of host cities may not be made until 2021.
The last time the USA hosted the World Cup was 1994, when Soldier Field was the site of five games, and also hosted the opening ceremony, emceed by Oprah Winfrey.
"There is inequality in the status of countries around the world so you need laws that will allow the tournament to rotate". The 2026 tournament will be the first hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
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