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He finished the World Cup as champion and with five goals to his name, including big goals in the quarter-finals and the semis. "And the boys on the football team made me feel at home". Campos is a lifelong fan but says even if you aren't a soccer fan, going to a World Cup game is a powerful experience. "And so, I'm throwing my support to Mexico this World Cup", said Alexi Lalas.
But two English-speaking African countries, Liberia and South Africa, have defected to the North America bid. It's the first time that country has hosted, and the Russians are +5000 on the 2018 World Cup odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com to win the tournament for the first time. He noted more has to happen before the Alberta capital makes the cut of host cities by 2020.
Police have collected 1,254 of the passports as of Wednesday and plan to round-up the remaining 58 Police will hold the documents until the World Cup ends on July 15.
The United bid received 134 votes to 65 for Morocco, with one of the 203 votes opting for neither side.
The North American bid was won on the strength that there would be 23 stadiums already built, as is most of the infrastructure the expanded 48-team tournament will need: training sites, hotels, airports, rail lines.
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FIFA's hosting selection process was revamped in the wake of recent scandals enveloping the world governing body of soccer.
The 2026 World Cup will be Canada's first time hosting games for the tournament, while Mexico last hosted the event in 1986.
Federation Internationale de Football Association says the 48 teams will be split into 16 groups of three. 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.
The FA was among the first to congratulate the US' joint bid with Mexico and Canada.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is believed to strongly support the North American bid because the three countries involved backed him for the presidency in 2016 when he took over after the reign of Blatter, who is being investigated in Switzerland for alleged corruption. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the seven guaranteed qualification slots reserved for the region as host.
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