Who will win World Cup 2018? Vote for your champion!

Who will win World Cup 2018? Vote for your champion!

The final vote ended with 134 to the United States and 65 for Morocco.

"Football today is the only victor", said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.

Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium fared well in FIFA's assessment of potential game venues, and the city is considered the favorite to host the World Cup Team Workshop, which brings together delegations from all 48 competing nations for a pretournament introduction to the World Cup's organization.

Every one of FIFA's 200-plus members holds a single vote, and regions tend to vote in blocks.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup is an extraordinary honor and privilege", Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer, said in a statement.

The 2026 World Cup is to be the first to feature 48 teams, compared to the 32 that are to compete in Russian Federation and Qatar.

The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 are planned in the USA and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986.

Five times they have bid, and five times they have been overlooked - Morocco are perhaps destined to never host a World Cup.

Delegates had been faced with a clear choice - the joint North American bid boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.

By no means does the award of 2026 take away that grief, nor should it, but what the positive vote does offer the US and its North American mates is an exciting beginning to a new era. The 1994 World Cup ― which Brazil won in front of 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California ― also led to the creation of Major League Soccer, the American professional league that began play in 1996.

Peskov said the list of foreign guests "who will share with us the joy of the World Cup" is being updated. The U.S. government's ongoing investigation into corruption in global soccer rattled FIFA's old guard in its halls of power.

Although it would be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the US.

"If we get to host in 2026, that's the realization of a lifelong dream, to get back to the World Cup, and to give kids that opportunity to be inspired like I was in 1986". Residents of host cities including Yekaterinburg, where a security fence cut off an apartment block from the main access road, have complained that security measures are disproportionately disruptive.

"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro, the bid leader, told reporters. But in the end, it was a non-factor, as the "United Bid" earned more than double the votes of Morocco.

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