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FIFA President Gianni Infantino right welcomes representatives of the united bid — from the U.S. Canada and Mexico — as soccer's governing body selects its host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow Russia

The 68th FIFA Congress will determine the site of the 2026 tournament, selecting from a joint North American bid submitted by Canada, the United States and Mexico, or a bid from Morocco. The 2026 finals will be the first to have 48 teams in attendance.

The games will be played in 16 cities.

Following the opening game against Uruguay, Egypt will face the hosts Russian Federation on June 14 before lining up against Saudi Arabia in the ultimate group stage match on June 25.

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"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", Carlos Cordiero, president of the US Soccer Federation told Congress. "Football today is the only victor".

Morocco lost again with its fifth bid campaign in the past 30 years, including to the US for the 1994 World Cup.

Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015. The Americans' bid to host 2022 was usurped by Qatar in the vote in 2010, and it's been a long eight years for the right to bid again to bring the showpiece event back.

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FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola finished in Moscow after a Tour across Russia and the globe just a few days before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Chinese sponsors have filled the gaps left after a number of long-term Fifa backers, including Johnson & Johnson, Castrol and Continental, ended their association with soccer's global governing body in the wake of the corruption scandal in May 2015. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.

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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