US, Canada And Mexico Win Bid To Host 2026 World Cup

While NAFTA may be a distant memory in 2026, moments ago the NAFTA nations of US, Canada and Mexico won the right to host the 2026 football World Cup, marking the first time the tournament will be hosted by three countries, and overcoming reluctance in some countries to hand the prize to American President Donald Trump, according to the FT.

The joint North American bid, dubbed “United 2026,” (and also dubbed the NAFTA Cup) defeated Morocco in the race to hold one of the world’s biggest sporting events, following a vote on Wednesday by more than 200 member nations of FIFA.

As the NYT reports, during the public ballot held at FIFAs annual congress meeting in Moscow  - just one day before the opening match of this year’s World Cup in Russia - members voted 134-65 in support of the joint North American bid.

That said, the decision is hardly a major surprise as the so-called "United" bid was considered a strong favorite after promising $11bn in profits to Fifa, far more than any previous World Cup. In other words, another quid-pro-quo, most of which will be financed with the issuance of US Treasuries. The bribe pledge was more than double the $5bn in profits offered by Morocco.

As the FT further adds, an inspection task force released its long-awaited technical assessments on the two bids, and rated the North American bid highly, as all the infrastructure to hold the event is already in place. The inspectors judged Morocco to be a far riskier proposition since the country plans to build nine new stadiums and must renovate existing ones to host the event.

The US will hold the vast majority of matches, including the final.

Even so, the decision was not without its controversies, and in the run up to the vote, Fifa officials and others close to the process said they were concerned that attitudes towards Donald Trump were having an effect on how nations intended to vote, particularly those in Africa who resented the president’s description of them as “shithole countries”.

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jin187 kralizec Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:23 Permalink

Even so, the decision was not without its controversies, and in the run up to the vote, Fifa officials and others close to the process said they were concerned that attitudes towards Donald Trump were having an effect on how nations intended to vote, particularly those in Africa who resented the president’s description of them as “shithole countries”.

Translation: We're not having the World Cup on a shithole continent, no matter how much the shithole dwellers hate Trump.

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TeethVillage88s No1uNo Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:22 Permalink

Yes, Stupid Idea.  Gives the 'Base' 8 years to position student VISAs, Refugees, Worker VISAs, Border Jumpers, Containers, Prepo Munitions.

- Under Alternating Presidency would be Liberal US President with no Prior Military Service, Open Borders Policy

- Wastes Billion of Taxpayer dollars & valuable resources, bubble in employment, Ghost Towns

- Sarc, Start GWOT, Destroy 5 Muslim Countries, Start Turkish and other Caliphates, US Reputation as global Empire & Bully, CIA, MICC, Lobbyist need to feed on more money and better Police State, Creates Requirement for Domestic Drones & Robot enforcement.... Goodbye American Ideal, Goodbye Vision of Democracy balanced with Technology, Goodbye Free Market Dream

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jin187 trueFacts Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:27 Permalink

Not likely.  Canada has learned from our mistakes, and has been kicking the fuckers out, in spite of all the Canadian virtue signalling on the issue.  Soon as they saw how much money it was gonna cost them, they changed their tune real quick.  We'll probably end up with North Mexico, but there will be no Far North Mexico.

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BitchesBetterR… Socrates55 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:50 Permalink

For a single sport like FOOTBALL -The stadiums already exist & the infrastructure already exist on all 3 countries to host the World Cup. You're confusing matters:  

The burden is always THE OLYMPICS when A SINGLE CITY has to come up with the facilities to host SEVERAL SPORTS, each one requiring specific needs- That's the burden and that's how the IMF makes a whole lot of money by bankrupting those cities & countries with the loans/credits for unnecesary sporting monuments that are going to be used ONCE during the events and then end up abandoned to rot (i.e Greek, Brazil, etc)     

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Annunaki
Powow
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Mr Hankey  [R.I.P]   <<<  total utter WHACK JOB  -- joined "The Fallen"
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jin187 Omega_Man Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:31 Permalink

That's why it's their favorite sport.  It doesn't cost any money.

Perhaps we should make the World Cup authentic to the normal play style of most of the participating nations.  Inflated sheep bladder for the ball, and a couple of rocks to mark the goals.  Throw some broken glass, and the occasional land mine on the field, and it'll be just like real 3rd world futbol.

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