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Seen through 2018 lens, 'NAFTA World Cup' in 2026 is, well, awkward

Achilles the cat picks Russia to win FIFA World Cup 2018 opener BREAKING: Russia thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener
Rita Gibson | 15 June, 2018, 02:20

"The Mexicans come up against Brazil or Germany. and 'boom, ' they're out".

Since Egypt's qualification in 1934, it took until 1970 for another North African team to register participation, when Morocco won a place at the World Cup in Mexico.

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.

Meanwhile Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary is likely to become the Oldest player in a FIFA World Cup if he takes to the field for the African side.

Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, are placed at the 67th position and are entering the tournament on the back of their World Cup preparations in an worldwide friendly with Italy. Almost half (46%) plan to watch the matches at home by themselves, while 28 percent report they'll be watching at a friend or family member's house.

Mexico and the USA have hosted the World Cup for a total of three times between them and it's believed their profit margin was a key decision in the choice.

The 2018 World Cup kicks off today between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, a match sure to be forgotten.

The FA was among the first to congratulate the US' joint bid with Mexico and Canada. Morocco lost the bidding process for a fifth time.

Pressure grows on Merkel to tighten refugee policies
But Merkel is under domestic pressure to pursue a more restrictive immigration policy, including from within her own government. The last parliamentary election in Germany took place in September 2017. "We won't give in!" he told Bild newspaper.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico will co-host soccer's World Cup in 2026, officials announced Wednesday.

President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup".

The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994.

UEFA will push strongly for the 2030 World Cup, keeping the modern rate of every third edition hosted in Europe.

In addition to its low evaluation score, FIFA's evaluation of the Morocco bid also raised concerns about the potential treatment of the LGBT community.

The Seoul city government and the Korea Football Association said Thursday that World Cup street cheering events will be held at Seoul Plaza and Gwanghwamun Plaza, where a giant 500-inch screen will be set up, when Team Korea plays its three group matches over the next two weeks.

But Juan Luna, a vendor in Mexico City, downplayed the impact on the tournament of the recent political tensions between the three host countries.

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