“Our country is ready to host the FIFA World Cup, and provide everyone who will come to Russian Federation with maximum comfort and the best emotions possible”, Putin said at the 68th FIFA Congress, held in Moscow on Wednesday. This effort was an enormous priority for former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and his successor Carlos Cordeiro and the victorious effort could be an enormous boost to the sport in the United States.
“The handsome game transcends borders and cultures”. The U.S. hosted in 1994.
This issue would likely have no effect on the bid to be included among World Cup cities.
For the Asian Champions, Saudi Arabia, their best result at a World Cup was finishing in the last 16 in 1994. Though some high-profile countries went for Morocco, 41 of 55 UEFA members ended up voting for the United Bid.
USA, Canda, and Mexico received 134 votes, Morocco received 65 votes while one country voted for neither. “People have a soft spot for Mexico, especially looking at Mexico as a little bit under-developed and giving them a chance”.
The U.S., Mexico, and Canada had submitted a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2026, when the tournament will expand from 32 teams to 48.
Canada and Mexico will stage 10 matches each.
The Russian president also expressed gratitude to FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his positive attitude toward Russia and the great job he has done as the FIFA head. Morocco would have needed to build nine stadiums and renovate five others. “It is a nice message”. There will be three hubs in Mexico, three in Canada, and sixteen in the States, all home to National Football League teams.
Bid officials have given bullish financial projections, forecasting a record-breaking multi-billion-dollar profit for the expanded tournament.
All that work helped pave the way for Wednesday’s landslide victory, a resounding win for the United Bid and landmark moment for North American soccer.
“We are set up to do exactly that – host groups and teams here – and would love to be involved if the opportunity arose”, Robertson said.
Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the US and Mexico. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the seven guaranteed qualification slots reserved for the region as host.
The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.
The Football Association has not hosted the tournament since 1966, having failed in bids for the 1990, 2006 and 2018 tournaments.