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    US-Canada-Mexico get 2026 World Cup!

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA’s Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to support the joint bid over Morocco, despite reluctance in some countries to choose North America while President Donald Trump was in office and souring U.S. relations with its neighbors.

    Trump, who has called for a wall to be built on the U.S. southern border with Mexico to stem illegal immigration and just days ago attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on trade issues, praised the outcome as the result of “a great deal of hard work” on his Twitter feed.

    Under Trump, relations between the United States, Canada and Mexico have plumbed new lows thanks to a dispute over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a $1.1 trillion trade pact that ties the three countries’ economies together.

    The North Americans pledged their tournament would generate an $11 billion profit, which would be a financial shot in the arm for soccer’s world governing body FIFA which has been rocked by a corruption and bribery scandal in the last three years that ensnared top officials. Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host the World Cup, said theirs would make $5 billion.

    Although it will be the first World Cup to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of matches will be held in the Unites States. As part of the bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions.

    Even if Trump were to be elected for a second four-year term in 2020 he would not be president when the World Cup kicks off in 2026.

    Trump had earlier warned that countries voting against the North American bid would suffer consequences. The president has regularly assailed world leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron for “ripping” America off over trade.

    On Twitter Trudeau said: “Good news this morning: The 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to Canada, the US and Mexico. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard on this bid – it’s going to be a great tournament!”

    The United States, Canada and Mexico were expected to qualify automatically for the tournament as has been the tradition for all World Cup host nations.

    After the bid some observers expressed hope that the “NAFTA World Cup” would rebuild cooperation between the three countries. Trump will be gone from office when the tournament does take place.

    “See? Always better when we work together,” Roberta Jacobson, ambassador to Mexico until May, wrote on her Twitter feed.

    The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One Congress member voted for “neither bid.”

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted “We did it!”

    The 2026 finals will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team event which begins in Russia on Thursday.

    Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15 minute presentations in front of the Congress at the Moscow Expocentre.

    Of the 80 games, 60 will be held in the United States with 10 each in Canada and Mexico. The final will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets.
    World Cup 2026 goes to U.S., Mexico, Canada despite frayed ties

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    Sounds great!
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    Meh. At least it won't cost much as existing venues will be used in America.
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    It's soccer. I don't care. I hope all those that come here, enjoy themselves and have a great time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    It's soccer. I don't care. I hope all those that come here, enjoy themselves and have a great time.
    Yeah, not many Americans care.

    Half of them don't even know that we're not even in it this year.

    Here, there, wherever, who cares?

    Better than Russia, I guess...
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    At least no "hooligans" to worry about here, especially in Canada (if it was hockey, that'd be another matter lol)

    But, US and Mexico have lots of other crime and such issues to deal with. The security bill will be as big as Russia's now, probably, and maybe more...

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    I don’t understand why this was a joint bid. And I’ve never found anything anywhere to explain why the three orgs sought a joint bid.

    The only other joint one I know of was South Korea / Japan - which makes just as little sense to me.


    The US and Mexico have hosted alone before, and Canada has hosted similar events. You can do an Olympics you can do a World Cup.


    I don’t mean to piss on the idea. There’s no reason not to do it I suppose just..... why???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    I don’t understand why this was a joint bid. And I’ve never found anything anywhere to explain why the three orgs sought a joint bid.

    The only other joint one I know of was South Korea / Japan - which makes just as little sense to me.


    The US and Mexico have hosted alone before, and Canada has hosted similar events. You can do an Olympics you can do a World Cup.


    I don’t mean to piss on the idea. There’s no reason not to do it I suppose just..... why???
    Poland and Ukraine hosted a joint Euro Championship in 2012...

    That one is always sad to me. They built a grand new airport in Donetsk for Euro2012


    By early 2015, after many months of brutal, savage fighting (arguably the worst in that entire conflict) as pro-Kiev nationalist radical militias holed up inside the airport, and equally radicalized pro-Russia separatist militants battled to take it from them, it was reduced to ruins


    The new terminal half collapsed, most other buildings destroyed, including the control tower, used by the Ukraians as their headquarters and artillery guidance nest and, in turn, targeted constantly by the separatists own artillery and missiles until it went down


    Once, throngs of happy fans arrived there. Now, just corpses, still, possibly hundreds of corpses of Ukrainian and separatist fighters still rotting and skeletonizing under all the rubble...

    It's a terrible place, a cursed place. The seps won it, but, both sides paid a terrible price for their typical Slavic pride and stubbornness... "Aeroport Donetska" "AD", it's initials also mean literally "Hell" in Russian or Ukrainian.

    I hope this will never be repeated...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    I don’t understand why this was a joint bid. And I’ve never found anything anywhere to explain why the three orgs sought a joint bid.

    The only other joint one I know of was South Korea / Japan - which makes just as little sense to me.


    The US and Mexico have hosted alone before, and Canada has hosted similar events. You can do an Olympics you can do a World Cup.


    I don’t mean to piss on the idea. There’s no reason not to do it I suppose just..... why???
    Anyway, I suppose the whole joint bids idea. Countries working together saves money for everyone

    And brings those countries closer too. Trump, again, won't be around in the White House anymore, by then, to spoil the fun either

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Anyway, I suppose the whole joint bids idea. Countries working together saves money for everyone

    And brings those countries closer too. Trump, again, won't be around in the White House anymore, by then, to spoil the fun either
    Yeah. That’s true.

    President Kardashian and Prime Minister Doug Ford will be there.
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