Argentina legend Diego Maradona says he does not like the decision to have Mexico, Canada and the United States host the 2026 World Cup, decrying the countries' lack of success and passion for the sport.
For Steven Reed, president of Canada Soccer, hosting the FIFA World Cup is an extraordinary honor and privilege for their association.
According to more than a million simulations of the tournament, the five-time winners are the favourites to lift the coveted trophy on July 15th.
Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun sports reporter Derek Van Diest brought together a group of local World Cup enthusiasts to preview the tournament. Host teams generally have a huge advantage and more than a few have won it, but Russian Federation isn't a true threat. The three North American countries are ready to serve as stewards that will usher in the largest FIFA World Cup in history, Reed added. Led by Neymar, Brazil likely has the most talented roster not to mention plenty of motivation.
The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a Fifa Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.
Spain (+600), which shockingly fired its manager on Tuesday, France (+650) and Argentina (+950) round out the favorites.
The news was welcomed by US President Donald Trump, but in a rant laden with stereotypes, Maradona, who won the 1986 World Cup victor with Argentina's national team, said the hosts did not have the required passion to host the tournament.
The first goalkeeper to win the Golden Ball, the 33-year-old played a huge role in ensuring Germany made the final in Yokohama.
Experts said in May that Brazil has a 16.6 per cent probability of winning the tournament while Germany are close behind with a 15.8 per cent chance.