Federation Internationale de Football Association nations vote for World Cup 2026 host

Federation Internationale de Football Association nations vote for World Cup 2026 host

Double Champions League victor Mourinho earlier predicted that England would emerge from their World Cup group as winners - setting up a predicted match with Poland in the last 16.

Also, South American associations are likely to vote for the United Bid while those from UEFA are split, with France and Belgium likely to throw their support behind Morocco. The 2026 finals will be the first to have 48 teams in attendance.

Following the opening game against Uruguay, Egypt will face the hosts Russian Federation on June 14 before lining up against Saudi Arabia in the ultimate group stage match on June 25.

The games will be played in 16 cities.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", Carlos Cordiero, president of the US Soccer Federation told Congress. "Football today is the only victor".

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China is widely expected to bid to host a future World Cup, and is planning to build 70,000 soccer pitches by 2020.

Jose Mourinho has predicted a mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final clash between England and Brazil, although the Manchester United boss believes the match-up will end in more heartache for the Three Lions.

The USA's joint bid with Canada and Mexico is hoping to bring a fourth men's World Cup to North America, with Mexico hosting twice previously in 1970 and 1986 and the USA hosting in 1994.

Several members of that committee were later banned from the sport after they were caught up in the corruption scandal that engulfed world football's governing body in 2015.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow between hosts Russia and the national team from Saudi Arabia.

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