Blatter will be at the World Cup as a guest of Putin

Blatter will be at the World Cup as a guest of Putin

Blatter will be at the World Cup as a guest of Putin

Of the 80 games, 10 will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the United States, with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.

Sixty matches will take place in the United States, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. "The attractive game transcends borders and cultures".

"Football today is the only victor", said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro. On Sunday, at the 7th meeting of the FIFA Council (formerly known as FIFA Executive Committee), the two bids were ratified to be voted on following the publication of the Bid Evaluation Report by the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force. There was one abstention.

The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.

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"The organisation will also be hoping for a positive response from sponsors to the "Fifa 2" modernising reforms introduced by president Gianni Infantino in 2016".

Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association whose dramatic fall from power corresponded with revelations of widespread corruption among the organisation's top officials, will attend the World Cup in Russia as a personal guest of President Vladimir Putin. That includes Adidas AG, Dalian Wanda Group, and Coca-Cola Co.

FIFA's hosting selection process was revamped in the wake of recent scandals enveloping the world governing body of soccer.

But these votes are often about much more than stadiums, infrastructure and even profit.

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Large votes are often swayed by small concessions promised to the right number of smaller nations or by regional biases.

Both bids made their final appeals to UEFA voters in Moscow on Tuesday, with Morocco and United expected to get a vast show of support from their respective confederations. The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament. Competing against South Korea, Japan, Australia and Qatar, the USA seemed like the obvious choice given its existing stadiums and geo-political standing.

The North American bid began the campaign as strong favourites but Morocco has enjoyed some success over recent months and the result could be closer than anticipated.

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