The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

2026 World Cup is awarded to North America

The US, Mexico and Canada received 134 votes (67 percent) with the Morocco bid earning 65 votes.

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.

The World Cup is due to feature 48 teams and will take place across three countries for the first time.

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It marks the fifth time the North African country has failed to secure the right to host the worldwide football tournament.

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Putin was the surprise guest of honour at FIFA's annual gathering on the eve of the World Cup, and was welcomed on stage by Gianni Infantino, the governing body's president. And, referencing track one, side one of that very LP, "you don't know how lucky you are boys*' ..."

The loss is Morocco's fifth in a World Cup bidding process after previous tries in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

An FA spokesperson said: "We congratulate the USA, Canada and Mexico on winning the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup".

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.

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