Banned former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter to attend World Cup in Russia

It's Official Canada's Hosting The World Cup featured image

It's Official Canada's Hosting The World Cup featured image

The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the USA -led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament. The 2026 finals will be the first to have 48 teams in attendance.

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.

Canada has never hosted the World Cup but staged the Olympic Games in 1976, the U17 World Cup in 1987, the U20 World Cup in 2007 and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.The 2022 FIFA World Cup finals will take place in Qatar.

The 2026 tournament will return to the North American region 32 years after that USA -hosted edition.

Among the foreign leaders who are expected to come to Russian Federation for the World Cup are Abkhaz President Raul Khajimba, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri, Moldovan President Igor Dodon, Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela, Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Tajik President Emomalii Rahmon, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov.

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Via Wikimedia Commons

China is widely expected to bid to host a future World Cup, and is planning to build 70,000 soccer pitches by 2020.

Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup.

The 42-year-old, who officiated during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, will be in charge for the Group A match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The Egyptian national team have continued their preparations in their training camp in Grozny, Russia ahead of their opening game against Uruguay on June 15 in the 2018 World Cup's Group A.

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