Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup

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Nigeria, 210 others decide whether Morocco or North America will host 2026 World Cup today

The 2026 tournament will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in Russian Federation on Thursday.

The North American united bid won 67 per cent of the votes, compared to its sole competitor, Morocco, which earned 33 per cent.

"We see very limited economic impact at the national level given the limited duration of the World Cup and the very large size of the country's economy", Moody's analysts said in a report last May, adding that the expected boost to tourism "will likely be short-lived". The only two official bids came from the U.S. -Canada-Mexico of North America, and Morocco of Africa.

Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup.

Jose Mourinho has predicted a mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final clash between England and Brazil, although the Manchester United boss believes the match-up will end in more heartache for the Three Lions.

Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015. 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 result has been a jet-setting campaign from both bids who have travelled the globe in an attempt to win over the worldwide electorate. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.

Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, FIFA and long-term partner Coca-Cola devised the longest-ever route across the host country in the project's history especially for Russia.

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