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Google Doodle celebrates diverse cultures for World Cup kickoff

Google Doodle celebrates diverse cultures for World Cup kickoff

Despite reports that big footballing nations like France and Italy would cast their votes for Morocco, the North American bid won in blowout fashion on Wednesday, receiving 134 votes to Morocco's 65.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team competition.

Bid leaders say 5.8 million tickets would be sold, generating record gate money of $2.5 billion.

The 24-team women's World Cup, staged in six stadiums across the country, and Toronto's Pan American/Parapan Am Games that drew over 6,000 athletes from 41 countries, were held within weeks of each other in 2015. National-team base camps could also be held at local sites such as Loyola Maryland and Navy.

Tourism Calgary chief executive officer Cindy Ady believes the prospect of World Cup soccer matches in Canada can enhance the country's, and potentially Alberta's, sports profile when it comes to a possible Winter Games bid. With M&T Bank Stadium's $120 million renovation set to be completed by next fall, city officials will have two years to address issues both technical and otherwise.

"We've got a group of men who are hungry and ready to become the last team to earn the right, officially earn the right, to qualify for 2022, which is Qatar".

To cut down on travel, the USA -led bid proposed having teams play all their games in the same regional areas. Several foreign national teams also arranged games in the United States - including Spain against El Salvador in Washington, Japan against Costa Rica in Tampa, Ghana against South Korea in Miami and Portugal against Ireland in East Rutherford, N.J. - on their way to the final tournament in Brazil. Whether FIFA also extends this courtesy to Mexico and Canada - the latter a relative nonentity in global soccer that has qualified for just one World Cup in 1986 - remains to be seen.

The World Cup is coming back to America in 2026.




The joint-bid predicted that it would be the most profitable event ever staged, which no doubt tempted many countries, whilst the fact no new stadiums would have to be built and the infrastructure was already place gave them an advantage over Morocco.

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is expected to host the 2026 World Cup final.

Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies, who will likely lead the Canadian line for years to come, eloquently opened the North American bid's presentation to the FIFA Congress.

Each U.S. city would host at least five matches.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins Thursday with hosts Russian Federation squaring off against Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the tournament.

"We still have a great shot, though there's more work to do to get to the finish line", Mayor Don Iveson said.

Just ten of those games will be played in Mexico and Canada respectively, with the United States hosting 60 of the fixtures.


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