Morocco vows new bid for World Cup after 2026 failure

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US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out

15 June, 2018

Since the USA first hosted the World Cup in 1994 (Denver wasn't one of the host cities), it has been in France, South Korea and Japan (joint-bid), Germany, South Africa and Brazil, with the Russia World Cup beginning on Thursday.

It will mark the first time three countries host the World Cup together and the first tournament in multiple countries since the 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea.

Italy failed to qualify for the first time since 1958, being the only one of eight teams to have won the competition who won't compete in Russian Federation.

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A giant screen displays the logo of Morocco 2026 before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca.

Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

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Russia's Oleg Slanko holds the record for most individual goals in a single match, netting five goals against Cameroon in 1994.

The "United" World Cup will generate $14bn (£10.3bn) in revenue and make an $11bn (£8.1bn) profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association, says Cordeiro. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.

The "united bid" won out over Morocco, 134-65.

The US-led bid had been coasting to victory but the intervention of Donald Trump, who made veiled threats against countries who voted for Morocco, spiced up the contest.

The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the USA -led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament.

While Ghana's former FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been handed a 90-day Fifa ban following corruption allegations, the country's government is on the verge of dissolving the association, with two GFA officials barred from travelling to attend the congress in Russian Federation. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup. The experts had said the bids represented "two nearly opposite ends of the spectrum". The U.S. Soccer Federation said on its website FIFA's Council will determine on a future date whether the U.S., Canada and/or Mexico will qualify automatically.

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