It was a game that many in Russian Federation had feared could turn into an embarrassment, but rather than let their country down, Stanislav Cherchesov's team gave the World Cup a flawless start by cruising to a 5-0 victory against Saudi Arabia in Moscow.
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.
Brian Bilello, president of Boston Soccer 2026, believes his recently launched nonprofit can lure World Cup action to the Greater Boston area.
After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017. Canada and Mexico would then host ten games each.
Oddly, for the third consecutive season, we lock horns with Arsenal and Chelsea in consecutive games. The ultimate perk is winning, of course, but World Cup players are superstars in their home countries, so at the very least they go home with tons of options.
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The final vote came down to Morocco and a joint bid from Mexico, Canada and the United States.
North American officials have promised to deliver $14 billion in revenue from the event.
"We're looking forward to putting this soccer city on the world's greatest sporting stage".
Wednesday's vote, held in Moscow on the eve of this year's tournament, was about much more than just the 2026 host nation.
Rosannie Filato, a Montreal city councillor who is heading up the city's bid, said the estimated cost if the city is picked as a World Cup location is $69 million, but there are $220 million in potential economic benefits, she said. "It should be based on the merits of the bid. I would say, 'Wait a minute, I don't have any relationship.' But they said, 'When you can, president, we'd love our son to be brought back home - you know, the remains". "Categorically, nobody", Cordeiro said. Both the United States and Canada failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.More news: Trump's trade adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has 'special place in hell'