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Sepp Blatter says Morocco 'logical' choice for 2026 World Cup

15 June 2018

The final will be held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to National Football League sides the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

"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".

He congratulated his rivals, saying "On behalf of the FRMF I wish to congratulate my colleagues, the presidents of the USA, Mexico, and Canada Football Associations, and I wish them all the best in organizing the FIFA World Cup and furthering the path of development of football". Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.

Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

After narrowly missing out for 2022, the most prestigious tournament in world soccer is coming back to the United States in 2026. The projects that we have presented in the Bid Book will be realised.

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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.

But bid chief Hicham el Amrani said he was confident the country's infrastructure "could deliver" and made play of the North African nation's position, nine miles from the southern tip of Spain - dubbing it a "European" World Cup.

The 2018 World Cup opening match and final will be played in Moscow at the Luzhniki stadium.

The new system of voting placed greater emphasis on a technical report which gave the North American bid a significant lead over Morocco. The U.S. Soccer Federation said on its website FIFA's Council will determine on a future date whether the U.S., Canada and/or Mexico will qualify automatically. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.

While Ghana's former FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been handed a 90-day Fifa ban following corruption allegations, the country's government is on the verge of dissolving the association, with two GFA officials barred from travelling to attend the congress in Russian Federation.

Sepp Blatter says Morocco 'logical' choice for 2026 World Cup