Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Russian president Vladimir Putin promises 'unforgettable and vibrant' World Cup

2026 World Cup is awarded to North America FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivers a speech at the FIFA congress on June 13 in Moscow
Julia Gonzales | 14 June, 2018, 18:28

The World Cup has received special attention this year in the kingdom as its team will play for the first time since 2006.

After controversy surrounded the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russian Federation and the 2022 finals in Qatar, the vote was the first to be decided by the FIFA congress.

Saudi Arabia's odds are not in their favour. The final game will kickoff on Sunday, July 15, and determine the victor.

This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when United States and Switzerland investigators unveiled corruption on an unprecedented scale afterwards.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour".

In turn, Infantino gave Putin a "big, big thank you from the bottom of our hearts" for Russia's "engagement" with the World Cup.

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"The attractive game transcends borders and cultures". Football today is the only victor.

USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco. "Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"

Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino, looked opportunistically quick to immediately put himself forward for re-election next year, and he was followed by United States president Donald Trump with a self-congratulatory tweet. The North American bid earned a total of 134 votes, while Morocco garnered 65.

Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

The FA was among the first to congratulate the US' joint bid with Mexico and Canada. 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 US games, with Canada's taking place in Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto, and Mexico's potential host cities being Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey.

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