Russian president Vladimir Putin promises 'unforgettable and vibrant' World Cup

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He then escorted Putin off the stage and the conference - which announced North America would host the 2026 World Cup - stopped for an unscheduled coffee break. The administrator of Goan origin was ably assisted by another NRI, Allahabad-born Sunil Gulati, former president of US Soccer and a hugely influential member of the all-powerful FIFA Council.

"What's changed is that this time the 2026 bids were decided on the floor of the Congress, not in a smoke-filled room where people didn't know whose votes were being traded for what", he said.

The majority of the 80 matches in the North American bid would be played in the United States, who hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

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"The fact that the votes are then recorded, I think that's a huge change and Federation Internationale de Football Association should be applauded for it".

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"I would have liked nothing better than to watch a World Cup match and potentially one.in BC place in 2026", he said in an interview.

It marks the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties. Federation Internationale de Football Association will also be making the final selection of host cities for the 2026 competition from the 23 candidates proposed in the United Bid.

Russian Federation automatically qualified for the World Cup by being the host country and will try to improve on their third-place group stage finish in 2014. "Categorically, nobody", Cordeiro said.

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