Vladimir Putin says football unites planet as World Cup begins in Russian Federation

Vladimir Putin says football unites planet as World Cup begins in Russian Federation

The last time the US hosted the World Cup was in 1994, with Brazil winning the tournament at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The North American proposal is referred to as United 2026, as it bested a rival Moroccan bid, 134 votes to 65.

It followed a campaign centered around record crowds, existing venues and a forecast revenue of $14.3 billion (£10.6 billion/€12.1 billion).

"Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege", U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro told the congress.

Russian Federation is grappling with Western sanctions imposed after its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine four years ago, but talking of a love of football uniting the planet "as one team", Putin said: "In this unity, over which no powers reign, in which there are no differences of language, of ideology or of faith, lies the great power of football, and of all sport".

They even highlighted restrictions on weapons in Morocco in an apparent dig at gun crime in the United States and Mexico.

The announcement was made on Wednesday morning at the 68th FIFA Congress, just one day before the opening of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Canada has played host to numerous Federation Internationale de Football Association events in the past, including the men's Under-16 World Championship in 1982, the 2002 under-19 women's World Championship, the 2007 men's Under-20 World Cup, the 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup and the 2015 Women's World Cup. There will be three hubs in Mexico, three in Canada, and sixteen in the States, all home to National Football League teams.

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"Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup in history".

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final.

The World Cup is upon us, which means it's time to take your sick days and watch as much soccer as you possibly can.

This new format will have 16 more teams, and 16 more games to enjoy taking the total from 64 to 80 games.

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

From that point on, it is knockout stages.

Tune in to Jason Pine weekday mornings from 9 on Radio Sport, for all the latest from the FIFA World Cup.

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