Ten African countries that did not vote for Morocco

At least that's the prediction of Achilles, a cat in St Petersburg reputed to have psychic powers. The United States will host every match from the quarterfinals forward, with the proposed final to be held at MetLife Stadium outside New York City. They were the first side to touch down in Russian Federation on June 5th and pictures have now been released showing their squad photo prior to the tournament, and it certainly got a good reception on Twitter.

It probably can't come close to matching the influence of the 1994 World Cup because that helped lay important framework that exists today.

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On Wednesday, FIFA member countries voted 134-65 for the three nations over the other candidate, Morocco. "It's about building the sport in those eight years using the leverage of the World Cup ... and hoping that the game is at a higher level the day after".

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone. The bulk of the games will be played in the USA though, with 60 of the 80 matches planned for American stadiums and ten each for Canada and Mexico. "Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2026". He was born in Ghana in a refugee camp. "But when I was five years old, a country called Canada welcomed us in", he told delegates at the FIFA Congress in Moscow.

Meaning even if you know nothing at all about the game, the sport, the event, you can still sound like an absolute expert by confidently telling your friends that the victor will definitely be one of those who've either been there and done it or won it before.

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"We are going to be ready".

Schmidt, who has played professionally in Frankfurt, Germany, for four years, believes Edmonton is well-positioned to co-host the worldwide soccer event.

This is an incredible honour for any English man or woman.

"It will change the mindset of our players, the focus, the commitment to the maple leaf..." The national team's failure to qualify for the World Cup was embarrassing for the team and its fans.

The former Bayern Munich defender says there have been too many instances to suggest African teams lack the discipline to thrive when they have faced the best sides in the world.

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