Russian president Vladimir Putin promises 'unforgettable and vibrant' World Cup

Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

The 2026 tournament will be held in United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat that of Morocco on Wednesday.

Safe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, it is also disappointing for romantics fancying another tournament in Africa - and laced with contradictions, too.

This year's World Cup soccer tournament has a different flavor then year's past.

Brazil, China and North Korea were among those to support Morocco. The final game will kickoff on Sunday, July 15, and determine the victor.

Russian Federation was among those to switch from backing Morocco to the North American effort at the last minute.

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The Under-17s' World Cup win , in particular, came at a moment where the profile of our young players was really high. England's arrival at their hotel was met with a strong security and media presence.

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In a vote of more than 200 member nations of soccer's governing body in Moscow, the so-called United Bid beat out Morocco, 134-65. United States soccer president Carlos Corderio said after his bid's success on Wednesday: "It's a bit emotional for us today".

Hosting World Cups and Olympic Games is openly a politicians' prestige-burnishing project now, not only for Russia's president Vladimir Putin or Qatar's Emir, seeking soft power from hosting in 2022.

Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.

For more on the U.S., Mexico, and Canada hosting the 2026 World Cup, visit NBC.

England, like Morocco, knows the feeling of falling short in the bid to host the World Cup. Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington are all possible locations for USA games, with Canada's taking place in Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto, and Mexico's potential host cities being Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey.

"Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent".

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