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Saudi Crown Prince heads to Russian Federation for World Cup

Hannah Rogers | 14 June, 2018, 20:13

But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots. And given that the 2026 tournament will be the first to host 48 teams-16 more than traditionally, infrastructure was a crucial factor.

But fear not, for that endurance test was followed in 1990 by one of the most astonishing games in World Cup history, Cameroon's 1-0 victory over holders Argentina at San Siro by virtue of Francois Omam-Biyik's victor and such extraordinary reckless tackling and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm that left several world champions sporting saucer-sized bruises and two Cameroon players with red cards.

It marks the fifth time the North African country has failed to secure the right to host the global football tournament. And, referencing track one, side one of that very LP, "you don't know how lucky you are boys*' ..."

After controversy surrounded the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russian Federation and the 2022 finals in Qatar, the vote was the first to be decided by the FIFA congress.

"The attractive game transcends borders and cultures".

President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup". The North American bid earned a total of 134 votes, while Morocco garnered 65. The United States hosted the tournament in 1994 while Mexico has hosted in 1970 and 1986.

Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

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