Morocco Will Complete 2026 World Cup Infrastructure Projects Despite Defeat

May JohnsonJun 15, 2018

Moncef Belkhayat, of Morocco's 2026 bid team, feels their offer would mean a more inclusive tournament rather than for "rich people" with the North America bid.

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.

From the start, the Foxborough home of the Patriots and the New England Revolution has been considered among likely World Cup host sites.

By contrast, Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure.

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.

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"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.

Federation Internationale de Football Association now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament.

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Three countries have never shared the duties before.

The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 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.

The host nations will receive automatic bids to compete in the tournament.

The US-led bid had been coasting to victory but the intervention of Donald Trump, who made veiled threats against countries who voted for Morocco, spiced up the contest.

The same evaluation task force later expressed concerns over stadiums, the availability of accommodation, and the travel network, despite ratifying their proposals.

Morocco, on the other hand, promised a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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