2026 World Cup hosts to be decided on June 13

2026 World Cup hosts to be decided on June 13
 

Following a statement from FIFA president Gianni Infantino, it became known that Morocco are the only opponents to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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Recently, FIFA boss Infantino confirmed that Morocco were the only nation to submit a concrete bid to challenge the USA’s, Canada’s and Mexico’s joint proposal: “The deadline for submissions has finished, and we have Morocco and the joint bid from the USA, Canada and Mexico as candidates.” The final decision concerning the 2026 World Cup hosts will be taken on June 13.

Despite taking on one bid from three nations, Morocco have a decent chance of being awarded the 2026 World Cup. The Moroccans are promising to invest 16 billion into the competition, while also 60% of the World Cup participants will be located within three hours of Morocco’s time zone (GMT). This automatically makes the bid more attractive to the large European audience and sponsors.

For the first time in history, the 2026 edition of the World Cup will see 48 nations competing instead of 32. Greece had qualified for the previous World Cups in 2010 and 2014, even advancing to the knockout stage in Brazil. However, the Ethniki Omada failed to make the 2018 tournament in Russia after losing to Croatia 1:4 on aggregate in the playoff round.

 

 
by Shaun Nicolaides
Image Source: sportfm.gr
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