Russian Federation beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Wayne Rooney returned to Everton last summer

Wayne Rooney returned to Everton last summer

A day before the World Cup commences in Russian Federation - without the US men's national team, which failed to qualify - a FIFA vote awarded the 2026 tournament to a joint bid led by the United States that also includes Canada and Mexico.

President Donald Trump supported the joint World Cup bid, though he also drew a rebuke from Federation Internationale de Football Association in April after he tweeted that "it would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the USA bid".

"In our country, football is not just a popular sport, not just the most lovely sport - people here truly love it", the Russian leader said.

Carlos Codeiro, US Soccer President said; "Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour". The ultimate perk is winning, of course, but World Cup players are superstars in their home countries, so at the very least they go home with tons of options.

Pep Guardiola's men will travel to North London to face a Gunners side who will have a point to prove after a disappointing season and will perform under the leadership of new manager Unai Emery for the first time competitively.

Federation Internationale de Football Association now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament. 1986 and 1994, whereas Canada hosted the Women's World Cup in 2015.


Securing their second fourth-place finish in succession was still a cause for some celebration, and it means they will enjoy back-to-back seasons in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2009-10.

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The United States was defeated in the final round of voting to determine the 2022 World Cup host. Boston is one of 23 cities in contention to host matches.

Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria compete in Group D. Argentina is favored to progress to the knockout stage, leaving Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland to battle for the final spot.

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