As FIFA World Cup kicks off, joint bid by USA, Canada, and Mexico wins bid to host in 2026

By Felicity Duncan

Today is the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia will play Saudi Arabia in Moscow. Although South Africa didn’t qualify for the World Cup this year, there are still plenty of great teams to watch and a lot of excitement about the tournament.

South Africans can take heart from the fact that the USA also failed to qualify for the first time in more than thirty years. Of course, the good news for American soccer fans is that America’s joint bid to host the World Cup in 2026, in partnership with Mexico and Canada, has been successful. The so-called United bid from the three countries won the right to host World Cup 2026 yesterday against a rival bid by Morocco – South Africa joined 133 other nations to vote in favour of the United bid.

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