Aussies backed successful joint USA-Canada-Mexico 2026 bid

Achilles the cat lies on a table after attempting to predict the result of the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.

There is also a chance to send an eighth team via an inter-continental playoff.

But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots.

The money lavished on the tournament will boost Putin's already sky-high prestige at home by giving numerous 11 host cities their first facelifts in generations. Former president Bill Clinton and other celebrities spent almost two years campaigning and the US still lost to Qatar.

North American officials have promised to deliver $14 billion in revenue from the event.

Part of the ceremony was the entrance of former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova with the World Cup trophy in a Louis Vuitton travel case.

Uncovered might sound unfair for a 27-year-old who started at Real Madrid and has spent the last two seasons with Villarreal, but his has been a stop-start career and he began this game on the bench.

United States says NKorea talks moving quickly, Trump to leave early
If Kim makes such a change, he said, " President Trump is prepared to assure that there's going to be a successful transition". Upon his arrival, President Trump first met with the Prime Minister of Singapore , who is hosting the summit.

Dennis Rodman weeps on TV as Trump, Kim meet
Kim called the sit-down a "good prelude for peace" and Trump pledged that "working together we will get it taken care of". The dollar was at a three-week high and the MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares was largely unchanged from Monday.

Federal Reserve raises interest rates
The Fed is raising rates gradually to keep the economy in check as inflation creeps higher and the job market grows even tighter. Along with rising interest rate expectations. "The Fed is prepared to be quicker about pushing rates higher".

They'll certainly be hoping they can get a similar level of support during the tournament - all be it for their style of football than their fashion sense - as they open their World Cup campaign against Morocco on Friday.

The United States and European governments have urged Russian Federation to investigate an alleged campaign of abuses - including torture and murder - against gay men in Chechnya that was first reported in April 2017 by the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Canada's sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage.

Typically, one-man protests are allowed, but during the World Cup, temporary rules have been introduced banning them. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts.

Neymar, the world's most expensive player, has recovered from a broken bone in his foot in time.

Lowy also said he believed Australia had a chance to qualify for the second round of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

-With assistance from Ira Boudway and Jake Rudnitsky.

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