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U.S. Politics may cost the U.S. the 2026 World Cup
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:15:23 AM »

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http://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup/story/3400487/united-states-led-2026-world-cup-bid-in-jeopardy-to-morocco-sources

Not just the current administration's immigration policies (or the President trashing other countries), but also the FBI investigation into FIFA which took down many South American executives. 

According to the article, Morrocco's bid is being heavily supported by Asia, Africa, and South America, while the U.S. bid, which is joint with Canada and Mexico, is being supported by most of Europe, the Oceanias, the rest of North America (since the 3 hosts can't vote), and some Asian countries.

It really seems odd to me that South America wouldn't support a North American bid, especially since 2026 is the first year the field expands to 48 teams and the U.S. (along with Canada and Mexico) is one of the few countries that can easily support an expanded field.  And I could totally understand if a place like England or Germany was the other country, but Morocco is just a strange bed fellow for the world to die on.

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... but also the FBI investigation into FIFA which took down many South American executives. 

I mean, that’s as far as you need to look. Even though some of the corrupt execs were removed, there are no doubt plenty left.  We’re talking about the same voters, and friends of the same voters, who awarded Qatar a bid.


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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2018, 10:43:18 AM »

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Misleading title....it should read "world politics may cost US".

Our politics seem to have little to do with this.  It's much more of the same corrupt officials of the Asian, African, and South American continents supporting each other.

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... but also the FBI investigation into FIFA which took down many South American executives. 

I mean, that’s as far as you need to look. Even though some of the corrupt execs were removed, there are no doubt plenty left.  We’re talking about the same voters, and friends of the same voters, who awarded Qatar a bid.

Exactly.  The Qatar selection proved that.  Morocco getting the bid over the US wouldn't surprise me at all after that.

It really is neck & neck between the IOC & FIFA over who is more corrupt. 


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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2018, 11:40:53 AM »

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... but also the FBI investigation into FIFA which took down many South American executives. 

I mean, that’s as far as you need to look. Even though some of the corrupt execs were removed, there are no doubt plenty left.  We’re talking about the same voters, and friends of the same voters, who awarded Qatar a bid.

Exactly.  The Qatar selection proved that.  Morocco getting the bid over the US wouldn't surprise me at all after that.

It really is neck & neck between the IOC & FIFA over who is more corrupt.

It is true though that FIFA tries to send the circus to every continent. Brazil, Russia, Qatar ... It is Africa's turn

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... but also the FBI investigation into FIFA which took down many South American executives. 

I mean, that’s as far as you need to look. Even though some of the corrupt execs were removed, there are no doubt plenty left.  We’re talking about the same voters, and friends of the same voters, who awarded Qatar a bid.

Exactly.  The Qatar selection proved that.  Morocco getting the bid over the US wouldn't surprise me at all after that.

It really is neck & neck between the IOC & FIFA over who is more corrupt.

It is true though that FIFA tries to send the circus to every continent. Brazil, Russia, Qatar ... It is Africa's turn

Africa has hosted a world cup more recently than North America.

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North America is separate a continent ?

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North America is separate a continent ?



Yep.


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North America is separate a continent ?
More than Europe

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Just echoing Roy and the OP’s points: Sepp Blatter recently came out in support of Morocco, which leads me to believe his remaining cronies in FIFA want that to happen and not the US.
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2018, 12:40:58 PM »

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Nothing really ground breaking here, but it is a bit interesting to see what Morocco is pitching. Things like, a better time zone, no 6 hour flights between games, and other things of that nature.

https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/03/07/2026-world-cup-bid-usa-mexico-canada-morocco-fifa-vote

At the end of the day, I can't see how Morocco could support a 32 team field, let alone the expanded 48 team field.  It just doesn't make any sense, but in things like this logic and reason aren't always the driving factor.

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Doesn't Qatar have like actual slavery and support terrorism? Yet FIFA losing their minds over Trump but have no problems with the Putin apparently.

The US will be just fine without the World Cup.. ::)

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Doesn't Qatar have like actual slavery and support terrorism? Yet FIFA losing their minds over Trump but have no problems with the Putin apparently.

The US will be just fine without the World Cup.. ::)

Yeah, I feel that high end/professional soccer is not a priority here. Soccer is increasing in popularity, but still lags. I imagine it will continue to rise as its becoming clear how dangerous football is. In 2018, however, the US didn't make the World Cup, and I'm not sure how concerned mainstream America is.

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Doesn't Qatar have like actual slavery and support terrorism? Yet FIFA losing their minds over Trump but have no problems with the Putin apparently.

The US will be just fine without the World Cup.. ::)
Sure the US will be fine without the World Cup, but the influx of tourism dollars that the World Cup would provide for cities hosting games would be extremely good.

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FIFA, and it's member countries would stand to profit so much more from a World Cup hosted by the US led group, yet I won't be surprised when most of these member nations vote against their own financial best interests and then turn around and bemoan the state of their finances.