World Cup begins with match between Russia, Saudi Arabia

The United States, Mexico and Canada will host soccer's biggest event in 2026.

Canada, United States and Mexico have been awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup after the United bid defeated Morocco by 134 votes to 65 today.

The World Cup is due to feature 48 teams and will take place across three countries for the first time.

But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots.

But which cities and stadiums will host games at the tournament is still being determined. And, referencing track one, side one of that very LP, "you don't know how lucky you are boys*' ..."

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Despite the latest setback, Morocco vowed to continue its bid to host the tournament in future.

Putin was the surprise guest of honour at FIFA's annual gathering on the eve of the World Cup, and was welcomed on stage by Gianni Infantino, the governing body's president.

The World Cup host Russian Federation kicks off soccer's biggest event when they take on Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup". Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington are all possible locations for USA games, with Canada's taking place in Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto, and Mexico's potential host cities being Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey.

He then escorted Putin off the stage and the conference - which announced North America would host the 2026 World Cup - stopped for an unscheduled coffee break.

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