By Damilola Faustino
Morocco has lost the bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The North African country lost to the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The ‘United 2026’ bid was selected by FIFA member nations, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco. The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held – with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.
Commenting on the win, US soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said: “Football is the only victor. We are all united in football. Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege.”
Of the 211 FIFA member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow with the winning bid needing a majority of 104.
Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups.
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