Failure to get united African vote proves costly for Morocco

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The U.S., Canada and Mexico had been considered favorites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of U.S. President Donald Trump could help Morocco.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino (R) poses for a picture with officials after the announcement, that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada, during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia June 13, 2018.

"The margin of victory was a surprise but the USA made a good bid and they looked to work harder in the hotel lobbies, we didn't see much of Morocco", added Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag, who voted for the north Africans.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is set to generate up to 6.1 billion from the 2018 World Cup kicking off in Russia, according to the world governing body's financial documents.

Following Wednesday's vote, Morocco's King Mohammed VI spoke to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani by phone, and al-Thani promised to support any 2030 bid by Morocco, the Moroccan royal office said in a statement.

If the United bid was capable of covering three different countries, then maybe Africa should propose a bid with the entire continent.

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U.S. hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1994, while Mexico hosted in 1970 and 1986. The United States will play the biggest role in the bid, with 10 of the 16 host cities being in America.

Their were 23 host cities put forward shown on this map below.

That tournament still holds the all-time World Cup attendance record, despite there being only 24 teams involved compared to 32 today. "If we do that, we have to do a good job of making sure that folks locally can go to those games, the practices, the qualifiers - all of it".

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY is proposed for the final.

Mexico is grouped with Germany, Sweden and South Korea in the opening round and will need to finish either first or second to proceed to the knockout stages. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.

The growth was mostly boosted by the whole range of deals with Chinese investors with seven out of 20 companies financing the tournament from China.

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