Morocco failed to secure a successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup once again after missing out for 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010. Canada, Mexico and the United States with their joint bid have secured the official rights to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The Moroccans based their defense on names like those of Trezeguet, the former Madrid player, Roberto Carlos or Naybet. One of the members who defended his country commented: “In ’94, in the United States, you went on the street and nobody knew who Maradona was , in Morocco we love and live football on every corner, that’s the difference. heart, not money. ”
The Elections were held in Moscow on Wednesday, 13 June, when the 68th FIFA Congress convened and designated the three countries as the hosts of football’s most prestigious tournament.
Authorities of the world’s football governing body will be played with 48 teams with expansion from the current number of 32 teams.
The United Bid received 134 of 200 votes cast , or 67 per cent. Morocco tallied 65 votes (33 per cent), and one single member association voted not to choose either of the two bids.
200 countries of the 211 members of FIFA voted, since Ghana did not attend the Congress, while, finally, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam (because of their political and economic ties with the United States) could not exercise their vote. Neither the four candidates to organize the 2026 World Cup (United States, Mexico and Canada, together with Morocco). Interestingly, the other abstentions was the Federation of Slovenia, the country the president of UEFA President, Alexander Cefeferin, that wanted to maintain neutral between the two candidacies
On the other hand, it was decided that the possibility of Qatar 2022 having 48 teams, and not the 32 initially agreed, would be suspended, since, first, it should be discussed with the parent bid, before being discussed internally. FIFA. For now, Qatar 2022 will be 32.
On the eve of the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made an appearance at the Expocentre and delivered a speech to the representatives of FIFA’s member associations reiterating the country’s readiness to welcome the world.