Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Satellite images reveal what Russia's World Cup stadiums look like from space

Satellite images reveal what Russia's World Cup stadiums look like from space

The FIFA World Cup of soccer is coming to Montreal in 2026 and Olympic Stadium is going to finally get the retractable roof it didn't have for the 1976 Olympics.

Speaking at the FIFA Congress in Moscow one day before the start of the World Cup, Infantino said he would present his candidacy for elections taking place in Paris in June 2019.

Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will host the 2026 World Cup after being awarded the tournament by the Federation Internationale de Football Association committee in Moscow today. Their lone opponent was Morocco.

In the most positive news in American soccer in years, the United 2026 bid prevailed and the World Cup will be returning to the United States for this first time since 1994.

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The 2026 soccer tournament, he said, will be the first World Cup to expand from 32 teams to 48 teams.

Arguably the greatest strength of the North American bid is the vast array of already-built stadiums available to organisers, ranging from iconic World Cup venues such as Mexico City's Azteca Stadium to state-of-the-art large-capacity arenas. The US, Mexico and Canada received 134 votes (67 percent) with the Morocco bid earning 65 votes. More than 5.8 million tickets are expected to be sold, generating over $2 billion in ticketing revenue, according to the winning bid's projections.

With files from Rob Williams.

Former Ghana star Samuel Osei-Kuffour fears Africa will struggle to break the semi-final barrier at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. 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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"This announcement is huge for soccer in the USA and maybe even bigger for soccer in Nashville", said Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President and CEO Butch Spyridon.

Among the 22 other host city finalists are Washington and New York/New Jersey, both of which hosted matches in the 1994 World Cup, the last held in North America. There is now a professional league that includes impressive infrastructure such as stadiums and training grounds, European games are omnipresent on television, top players now come from across the country, and the World Cup is big business. "Majority have now either retired or grown too old to still be in reckoning for national duty", said Malosolov.

Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency would end before the 2026 World Cup. Jacksonville was named among the initial candidates to host games in the 80-game competition, but the city was cut from the candidate list in October 2017.

The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.

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