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Mexico City firms up bid to host 2026 World Cup

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Updated: 03:53 GMT, Jan 21, 2018 | Published: 03:48 GMT, Jan 20, 2018 |
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Mexico City formalised its part of a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup alongside Canada and the United States on Friday (January 19), putting aside politics to host the world’s most popular sports tournament.

The United 2026 bid members has been touted as an ideal choice for FIFA with the three nations possessing all the necessary infrastructure and stadiums to host the massive 48-team tournament.

Mexico City has already hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986 and the United States in 1994. Officials say this experience only adds to the credentials of the United campaign.

The next stage of the bidding process is for FIFA’s Congress in June to hear the case as to why the three nations should get the event. Morocco is currently the only bid running against the joint proposal from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Other risks to the United 2026 bid could be the decline of the United States’ global popularity. Officials of the North American campaign have conceded that their efforts have not been helped by the sight of disgraced FIFA officials being paraded in front of U.S. judges on corruption charges and the escalation of tensions in the Arab world over President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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