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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2017, 05:36:53 PM »
So let's see. 3 automatic spots for the hosts. And 4 - 4.5 spots between uncaf and cfu. My guess 2 for uncaf. 2 - 2.5 for cfu

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2017, 10:29:28 AM »
So let's see. 3 automatic spots for the hosts. And 4 - 4.5 spots between uncaf and cfu. My guess 2 for uncaf. 2 - 2.5 for cfu
More like 3 uncaf and 1.5 cfu
No way they giving CFU so many spots.
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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2017, 12:51:06 PM »
U.S. travel ban won't harm 2026 World Cup bid - CONCACAF president.
BY JEFF CARLISLE


MILLBRAE, Calif. -- CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said that the immigration and travel policies specified by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump are something that the confederation will "just have to work through" as it relates to the U.S. bidding to host the 2026 World Cup.

The Trump Administration released a revised executive order on Monday, one that bars new visas from six Muslim majority countries, and temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program.

FIFA is preparing the rules for bidding on the 2026 World Cup, and will determine the host in 2020. The U.S. Soccer Federation has yet to formally declare its intentions, but it's widely expected to be a candidate to host the tournament, either as part of a joint bid with other CONCACAF countries, or on its own.

As for the U.S. government's recent change in immigration policy, Montagliani said he wasn't concerned.

"I don't think you can worry about those kind of things in the context of [2026]," said Montagliani in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC. "Leaders will come and go, policies will come and go. And to be quite frank, every country has immigration policies, and every country has the right to have those immigration policies.

"When an event is put on in any country in the world, whether it's an Olympic Games or a World Cup, those are things that you need to be taking into consideration when you have a whole bunch of people coming.

"The No. 1 priority is the teams obviously and the players. Then after that it's the fans and the safety of the fans. Those are things that you just have to work through and I think we'll be willing to work through them."

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Thursday said that a U.S. travel ban could affect the U.S.'s chances at the 2026 bid.

"Any team, including the supporters and officials ... who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup. That is obvious," Infantino said.

A CONCACAF country hasn't hosted a World Cup since the U.S. did back in 1994. The U.S. is currently one of the few countries capable of hosting the tournament on its own, but FIFA is encouraging applications to co-host the tournament. That could pave the way for a joint bid involving the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, and Montagliani feels there are some advantages to having three countries join forces.

"You could also make a case that by having three countries, especially the three countries we're speaking about in North America, it has some compelling storylines there," he said. "The football economics in North America is shared quite a bit. Mexico is pretty influential in the U.S.; the U.S. is pretty influential in Canada.

"We have three leagues that the U.S. and Canada shares. We have a women's league that we share together. So it's pretty intriguing possibilities, so I think it behooves us to look at that opportunity."

That said, Montagliani indicated he had no preference in terms of single or joint bids.

"I want it in CONCACAF at the end of the day. That's the preference," he said. "As a CONCACAF president, the more countries that are involved in it, the better off it is, so from that perspective absolutely. But at the end of the day it's important to get it here."

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« Reply #33 on: April 10, 2017, 08:01:04 PM »
U.S., Mexico and Canada officially launch bid to co-host 2026 World Cup


The United States, Mexico and Canada announced their intention to submit a joint bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Monday, with three-quarters of the games to be played in the U.S., including the final.

See: http://www.espnfc.us/fifa-world-cup/story/3100808/usmexico-and-canada-officially-launch-bid-to-co-host-2026-world-cup

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2017, 02:49:31 PM »
FIFA to give U.S. World Cup hosting rivals three months to make bid
BY SAM BORDEN (ESPN)


MANAMA, Bahrain -- It may not have gone precisely the way the United States, Canada and Mexico wanted, but it still appears more than likely that the World Cup is coming to North America in 2026.

The high-powered FIFA Council -- the group of top executives that makes recommendations to the full 211-member FIFA Congress -- debated on Tuesday a proposal by the joint North American World Cup bid to streamline the bidding process, and rival bids will be given three more months to present alternatives until Aug. 11.

Some members of the council, according to sources, expressed concern that the exclusivity element of the proposal was unreasonable, particularly given the corruption scandals surrounding bids in the past. A closed-off process, it was argued, was simply poor optics as FIFA tries to repair its image. Other countries should be allowed to bid and the North Americans stepped back.

However, the council agreed to the U.S. bid's proposed fast-track timetable that would award the bid before the 2018 World Cup in Russia -- rather than 2020. And to Sunil Gulati, the president of U.S. Soccer and a FIFA Council member and the nominal leader of this joint bid, that was more than enough to feel like a win.

"This is a victory for us," Gulati said afterward. "We got what we wanted most. An open process is a good thing and we're very confident that our bid will be a high quality one."

Left unsaid by Gulati -- but known by most in the soccer world -- is that the North Americans' confidence is buoyed by their knowledge of the potential competition. Simply put, there aren't many possible opponents for the U.S.

With the 2018 tournament in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar, FIFA's rules prohibit those confederations -- Europe and Asia -- from bidding for the 2026 event. That means only countries from Oceania, Africa and South America could be possible competitors for the North American bid -- and Oceania and South America have already endorsed the North American bid.

That leaves Africa. And while there have been rumblings that a country like Morocco could launch a bid (either alone or with neighboring countries), the accelerated timetable would make it very difficult for a country or region that doesn't have the plethora of FIFA-standard stadiums of the North Americans to get the necessary construction and infrastructure guarantees.

With 2026 set to be the first 48-team World Cup, the requirements for staging 80 games are even more demanding, making the North American bid even more attractive.

That is why Gulati and his colleagues from Canada and Mexico were not altogether upset on Tuesday night. Assuming the full Congress passes the proposal as recommended by the council, the North American bid will proceed as it planned -- setting up offices and staff, and securing the commitments to meet the technical specifications by next March.

Whether another bid is doing the same, the United States, Canada and Mexico fully expect to be confirmed as 2026 World Cup hosts next summer -- just as they pushed for all along.

The U.S. bid wanted FIFA to give them an exclusive window in which their bid would have time to meet a list of technical specification guarantees -- commitments from stadiums, government support for security and hotel availabilities, among many others -- before it could be considered.

If the U.S., Canada and Mexico could do that -- a task generally seen as a foregone conclusion in such well-developed countries - than the bid would be rubber-stamped before the 2018 World Cup in Russia kicks off.

One other 2026 World Cup item of note that came out of the Council meeting was how FIFA will handle automatic berths in the World Cup when there are multiple bidders.

Instead of guaranteeing that all three countries will receive places in the tournament, the language from FIFA said that automatic spots "would be decided by the FIFA Council" at some point in the future.

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2017, 03:54:11 AM »
Morocco challenges U.S. joint bid to host 2026 World Cup
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North America has a late challenge from North Africa in the contest to host the 2026 World Cup as Morocco announced it will also bid for the tournament on Friday.

Morocco's last-minute move, coming on FIFA's deadline day, takes on the joint bid between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Morocco formally launched its bid and sent relevant documents to FIFA, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation said in a brief two-sentence statement. It's the North African kingdom's fifth attempt at hosting the World Cup.

The United States, Canada, and Mexico launched their joint bid in April and hoped to be awarded the World Cup unchallenged, with no other bids seemingly on the horizon. But FIFA decided to keep the contest open, and Morocco made the deadline.

The 2026 World Cup is open to bids only from the Americas, Africa, and Oceania. Europe and Asia were ineligible because those continents will host the next two World Cups, in Russia in 2018 and in Qatar in 2022.

The US-Canada-Mexico and Morocco bids are the only two for 2026, FIFA confirmed, and the world body could decide on the 2026 host as early as June 13 next year at its congress in Moscow on the eve of Russia's World Cup.

If neither bid meets FIFA's requirements, the process could still be re-opened to other bidders ahead of a final decision in 2020, but that's unlikely to happen.

If successful, the U.S.-Canada-Mexico bid would return the World Cup to the United States for the first time since 1994, and would also make Mexico the first three-time host.

Morocco aims to host the tournament 16 years after South Africa staged the first ever African World Cup, but is considered an outsider against the joint might of the North American project.

Reinforcing the challenge of becoming only the second African nation to host a World Cup, and the first from North Africa, Morocco would also have to handle the largest World Cup ever in terms of teams.

Soccer's showpiece is set to be increased from 32 to 48 teams from 2026, putting added strain on infrastructure with more hotels and more training grounds needed, and more players and fans expected.

Morocco's bid may also be undermined by the fact that it backed out of its last major hosting duties, when it won the rights to but then declined to stage the 2015 African Cup of Nations at the last moment because of fears over the spread of the Ebola virus from West Africa.

That decision put Morocco in conflict with the Confederation of African Football, but CAF is now under new leadership and president Ahmad of Madagascar has been supportive of the idea of Morocco bidding for the World Cup.

CAF confirmed Morocco's bid on its website later Friday, and should Africa unite behind Morocco, it would give the country a significant amount of support. Africa has the second highest number of voting FIFA member countries behind Europe.

Morocco has failed in four previous World Cup bids; in 1994 -- when it lost to the U.S. -- 1998, 2006, and 2010 -- when it lost to South Africa.

The race for 2026 will be FIFA's first World Cup hosting contest since the world body's corruption scandal of 2015, and also the first since the bribery-tainted 2010 votes to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Morocco has also come under scrutiny and is accused of bribery in two of its previous World Cup bids, the ones for the '98 and 2010 tournaments.

A U.S. Department of Justice indictment alleged Moroccan officials twice bribed now disgraced FIFA executives with $1 million to vote for the country in those ultimately unsuccessful bids. Morocco denied the allegations.

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #36 on: August 12, 2017, 01:32:34 PM »
I heard FIFA wants to extend to 40 teams by 2026 WC. Not sure if that is a good idea, because it would make the WC qualification period less competitive as more teams can now qualify for each region, which means there will be a decrease in desire around the world to follow WC qualification games and the level of competition among teams will be of less quality and lower standard of play. Also how does that work in South America? Now you will have a situation where 6 out of 10 teams would qualify?

The WC tournament itself in 2026 will also lose some significance with possibly more games and more injuries as players will be coming off long club seasons. I know we in CONCACAF will say it may be good for us because we may now have four automatic spots. But I'm sure the standard of the WC will take a hit with this new move. I say if it's not broke don't fix it

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #37 on: August 12, 2017, 02:51:35 PM »
Good point Sando.

People thought the same thing when they increased the WC from 24 to 32. It depends on which confederation gets more spots.

If Concacaf gets 3 automatic spots, I think 4 or 5 additional spots for Concacaf will be about right.

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #38 on: August 16, 2017, 06:02:43 AM »
2026 World Cup bid to consider 49 stadiums across U.S., Mexico, Canada
 By Tom Marshall


Thirty-four cities in the United States, seven cities in Canada and three in Mexico are on the list of proposed locations to host games at the 2026 World Cup, the United Bid Committee announced on Tuesday.

The organizers will reach out to each of the cities on the list and those hoping to be selected will have until Sept. 5 to declare their interest.

Those cities will then have until early January 2018 to prepare their bid to become a World Cup host, if they make the initial shortlist, which is set to be announced in late September.

Between 20-25 venues are set to be included in the final bid to FIFA, with the committee anticipating that 12 or more locations will be official host cities, if the North American bid is successful.

The bid lists a total of 49 stadiums across 44 cities, with three venues in the Los Angeles area and two in Dallas, Montreal and Toronto. Stadiums of all 32 NFL teams are on the list except for the Buffalo Bills' New Era Field.

The official bid for the 2026 World Cup by the United States, Mexico and Canada will be delivered to FIFA by the March 16, 2018, deadline and will face competition from Morocco, which announced a last-minute bid last week.

If successful, the U.S.-Canada-Mexico bid would return the World Cup to the United States for the first time since 1994, and would also make Mexico the first three-time host.

The plan calls for the U.S. to host 60 of the 80 games, with 10 each in Mexico and Canada. The only Mexican cities included on the list are Guadalajara (Estadio Chivas), Mexico City (Estadio Azteca) and Monterrey (Estadio Rayados).

FIFA requires a capacity of 80,000 for the opener and final, making the only possible sites in the list for those games Dallas, Los Angeles and New Jersey, as well as the less likely Washington, Jacksonville and Green Bay. Lambeau Field has never even hosted a U.S. national team game before.

Estadio Azteca in Mexico City also remains a possibility for the opener, though every game from the quarterfinals on will be in the U.S.

United States City    Stadium    Capacity
Atlanta    Mercedes-Benz Stadium    75,000
Baltimore    M&T Bank Stadium    71,008
Birmingham, Ala.    Legion Field    71,594
Boston (Foxborough, Mass.)    Gillette Stadium    66,829
Charlotte, N.C.    Bank of America Stadium    75,525
Chicago    Soldier Field    61,500
Cincinnati    Paul Brown Stadium    65,515
Cleveland    FirstEnergy Stadium    67,895
Dallas    Cotton Bowl    92,100
Dallas (Arlington, Texas)    AT&T Stadium    105,000
Denver    Sports Authority Field    76,125
Detroit    Ford Field    65,000
Green Bay, Wis.    Lambeau Field    81,441
Houston    NRG Stadium    72,200
Indianapolis    Lucas Oil Stadium    70,000
Jacksonville, Fla.    EverBank Field    82,000
Kansas City, Mo.    Arrowhead Stadium    76,416
Las Vegas    Raiders Stadium    72,000
Los Angeles    Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum    93,000
Los Angeles (Inglewood, Calif.)    City of Champions Stadium    100,000
Los Angeles (Pasadena, Calif.)    Rose Bowl    90,888
Miami    Hard Rock Stadium    65,326
Minneapolis    U.S. Bank Stadium    66,200
Nashville, Tenn.    Nissan Stadium    69,143
New Orleans    Mercedes-Benz Superdome    76,468
New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, N.J.)    MetLife Stadium    82,500
Orlando, Fla.    Camping World Stadium    65,000
Philadelphia    Lincoln Financial Field    69,596
Phoenix (Glendale, Ariz.)    University of Phoenix Stadium    73,000
Pittsburgh    Heinz Field    68,400
Salt Lake City    Rice-Eccles Stadium    45,807
San Antonio    Alamodome    72,000
San Diego    Qualcomm Stadium    71,500
San Francisco/San Jose (Santa Clara, Calif.)    Levi's Stadium    75,000
Seattle    CenturyLink Field    72,000
Tampa, Fla.    Raymond James Stadium    75,000
Washington (Landover, Md.)    FedEx Field    82,000

Canada City    Stadium    Capacity
Calgary, Alberta    McMahon Stadium    35,650
Edmonton, Alberta    Commonwealth Stadium    56,302
Montreal    Stade Olympique    61,004
Montreal    Stade Saputo    20,801
Ottawa, Ontario    TD Place Stadium    24,000
Regina, Saskatchewan    Mosaic Stadium    30,048
Toronto    Rogers Centre    53,506
Toronto    BMO Field    30,000
Vancouver, British Columbia    BC Place    54,500

Mexico City    Stadium    Capacity
Guadalajara, Jalisco    Estadio Chivas    45,364
Mexico City    Estadio Azteca    87,000
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon    Estadio Rayados    52,237

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #39 on: August 16, 2017, 08:27:07 AM »
So help meh out here anybody, if this goes through how the host auto qualification works when concacaf have only 3.5 spots?

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #40 on: August 16, 2017, 06:10:11 PM »
Any how you take it, 16 teams or 100 teams. Is still ketch arse for TT.

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #41 on: June 14, 2018, 12:50:19 AM »
United 2026. FIFA World Cup returns to our Region.
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The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be staged in Canada, Mexico and the United States. This Wednesday, 13 June, the 68th FIFA Congress convened in Moscow and designated the three countries as the hosts of football’s most prestigious tournament, which by then will be played with 48 teams.

The United Bid received 134 of 200 votes cast, or 67%. Morocco tallied 65 votes (33%), and one single member association voted not to choose either of the two bids.

The three countries will bring the tournament to North America for the first time since 1994. Voters were persuaded by promises of record crowds, record revenues and, perhaps crucially, a record $11 billion in profit for FIFA, world soccer’s governing body.

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association President David John-Williams, in a reaction to the announcement, stated, “It’s always good to see that the World Cup is in our Confederation.

“It is going to be an exciting World Cup played in the United States, Canada and Mexico.Obviously my concern is the fact that automatic places for these three countries could be a bit unfair unless properly discussed with other countries within the Confederation. That is something that needs to be addressed, needs to be talked about and needs to be ventilated properly,” John-Williams told TTFA Media.

The North American bid routed its only challenger after which members of the winning delegation leapt out of their seats to embrace one another and celebrate the end of a frenzied period of lobbying.

The 2026 tournament will be one of firsts. It will be the first time the World Cup is hosted by three countries, the first time it has a 48-team format, up from 32 teams, and it was the first time the vote was decided by FIFA’s entire membership. Most of the tournament will take place in the United States. Of the 80 matches, 10 will be in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the United States.

The last time the men’s World Cup was held in North America was when the United States hosted in 1994. It was held in Mexico in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted.

North American bid leaders have been on the road since April, visiting voting nations. The lobbying paid off as they rode to victory on a wave of support from the Americas, Europe and Asia, plus a few votes poached from Africa, whose regional soccer president, Ahmed Ahmed, issued a bombastic plea to his members on Tuesday, urging them to vote for Morocco as a symbol of African unity.

Three Spots for Concacaf?

Among the first questions for FIFA after the announcement was whether all three North American host countries would get automatic spots for the tournament, which is customary for the host nation. The answer was: not yet. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said discussions on the topic of automatic bids would take place in the coming weeks and months, and US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said earlier this week that he had not concerned himself with the issue yet. He noted, however, that Concacaf’s allotment of 6½ berths in the new 48-team tournament would be unaffected by the hosting decision.

Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer, wiped away tears before making a short speech in which, with his voice trembling, he thanked FIFA’s membership for “the incredible privilege” of hosting sports’ most-watched event.

“It was a very emotional moment for everyone,” Cordeiro said later, recalling the devastation he felt in 2010 when the United States failed to secure the right to stage the 2022 World Cup, which ended up going to Qatar after a much-criticized voting process.

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #42 on: June 14, 2018, 01:38:28 AM »
Corneal: Caribbean at disadvantage to qualify.
By Alvin Corneal (Guardian).


Alvin Corneal, a former national player and coach, has welcomed the 2026 FIFA World Cup being held jointly by the United States, Mexico and Canada, but he believes there could be major challenges for T&T and the Caribbean during the qualification process.

Yesterday at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, it was announced that the US bid received 134 of 200 votes cast, or 67 per cent, while Morocco tallied 65 votes (33 per cent) to effectively hand the new 48-team world cup to the Concacaf region. One member association voted not to choose either of the two bids.

Corneal, a FIFA analyst for many years said this new development would mean the remaining Caribbean and Concacaf countries will compete for just one spot which will be a tremendous disadvantage to T&T and other regional territories.

Corneal is suggesting that the FIFA should make two spots available for the Concacaf region which will give Caribbean teams a fighting chance of at least one. With Mexico, USA and Canada earning automatic entry into the world cup by virtue of being hosts, Concacaf big guns Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala or Panama could be well placed to take the lone qualifying berth.

Corneal also expressed concerns that visa issues with the United States in the past, may pose a major form of discomfort at the World Cup. “I know fans should be okay with entry into Mexico and Canada, but in the past there were major concerns for people gaining entry into the US because of visas,” Corneal told Guardian Media Sports.

The increase in the number of teams from 32 to 48 will make the staging of the 2026 world cup in three countries possible Corneal said, but he believes the possibility of serious challenges may exist due to the inexperience of the Concacaf teams in hosting world cups. Mexico staged the world cup twice in 1970 and 1986, while the US held its only world cup in 1994 which Brazil won.

David John-Williams, the T&T Football Association (TTFA) president, said it’s always good to see the World Cup in our Confederation.

According to the local football boss: “It is going to be an exciting World Cup played in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Obviously my concern is the fact that automatic places for these three countries could be a bit unfair unless properly discussed with other countries within the Confederation. That is something that needs to be addressed, needs to be talked about and needs to be ventilated properly.”

The three countries will bring the tournament to North America for the first time since 1994. Voters were persuaded by promises of record crowds, record revenues and, perhaps crucially, a record $11 billion in profit for FIFA, world football’s governing body.

The 2026 tournament will be the first time the World Cup is being hosted by three countries, and the first time it will comprise 48 teams. Most of the tournament will take place in the United States. Of the 80 matches, ten will be in Canada, ten in Mexico and 60 in the United States. - Walter Alibey (Guardian).

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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #43 on: June 14, 2018, 01:40:43 AM »
TTFA worried over automatic spots.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


US, Mexico, Canada to host 2026 World Cup but…

TT Football Association president David John-Williams is happy but not ready to dance following the news that the 2026 World Cup will be played in CONCACAF. At the FIFA Congress yesterday, it was announced that the joint bid by USA, Canada and Mexico won the rights for the 2026 showpiece, where 48 teams will feature for the first time. The CONCACAF region has been awarded six and a half spots. It has not been determined whether all three host countries will get automatic berths.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said it is not guaranteed that Canada, Mexico and USA will get guaranteed berths, as discussions need to take place in the coming weeks and months.

TTFA president David John-Williams joined Infantino in expressing his concern for the qualifying spots allocated for this region.

“It is going to be an exciting World Cup played in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Obviously my concern is the fact that automatic places for these three countries could be a bit unfair unless properly discussed with other countries within the confederation. That is something that needs to be addressed, needs to be talked about and needs to be ventilated properly,” John-Williams told TTFA media.

The US and Mexico are considered CONCACAF powerhouses but Canada have only played in a World Cup once and have struggled to even make the final round of qualifying.

Former TT World Cup footballer Anthony Wolfe has no problem, however, if Canada are given an automatic spot at the 2026 World Cup, saying TT must step up to the challenge and earn one of the next three and a half spots that may be available for the rest of the CONCACAF region.

“They lay it across the board that any country or nation hosting the World Cup will qualify automatically. Seeing that this never happen before – that three countries will be hosting the World Cup at the same time – I don’t see any problem in giving Canada a berth,” Wolfe said.

“I think the rest of the countries just have to fight up for the next three spots. Football is a battle...what is the joy of the game? Not everybody will be happy and not everyone can be happy in life at the same time.”

Wolfe added, “Canada, Mexico and USA will be joyful because they going through automatically, (but) the other nations have to fight up. This is football, football is a war.”

Wolfe’s 2006 World Cup teammate Cyd Gray also has no issues if Canada get a spot at the top football tournament, saying, “If the hosts normally get a spot, I think they (Canada) should be inside. If that is the rule, that’s the rule.”

Gray believes TT are in with a good chance of qualifying, but support must be given to the players. Gray said, “We must have belief in our team. No matter if it might be a difficult task (to qualify), you must have belief in our team. Once we do the right thing and support the players in the right way (we will qualify), because we have the talent here. Give them the top quality teams to play against, so they learn from their mistakes early so when it is time for qualification they could get it right.”


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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #44 on: June 14, 2018, 04:39:20 PM »
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Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« Reply #45 on: June 15, 2018, 01:53:51 AM »
Maradona: Mexico doesn't deserve 2026 World Cup; no passion in U.S., Canada.
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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.

FIFA decided on Wednesday that the 2026 event, the first to have 48 teams participating, would be split between the three North American countries, with 60 games in the U.S. and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

The decision will make Mexico the first country to host three times, but Maradona suggested the country's record in the World Cup was not good enough. El Tri has been eliminated in the round of 16 in six straight tournaments.

"I don't like it," Maradona told Telesur. "Mexico doesn't deserve it. The Mexicans come up against Brazil or Germany... and 'boom,' they're out."

Maradona, often considered one of the greatest football players in history, won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 when the tournament was in Mexico.

The 57-year-old also took issue with Canada and the U.S., recalling a proposal ahead of the American-hosted 1994 World Cup from then-FIFA president Joao Havelange that would have split games into quarters to allow for more television commercials.

"There's no passion," Maradona said. "The Canadians may be good skiers, and the Americans wanted to have four periods of 25 [minutes] for the advertising."

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« Reply #46 on: June 15, 2018, 05:53:00 AM »
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« Reply #47 on: June 15, 2018, 02:06:26 PM »
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« Reply #48 on: June 15, 2018, 03:42:55 PM »
Mexico and Canada would be both dotish not to demand automatic spots. Diego, Breds, Mexico has no passion? Please Breds! Changes will come to the game of football wether we like it or not. Names on the back of players shirt. Multiple game balls. Water breaks at extremely hot tournaments. All American contributions to the modern game. Them dreaded colored football boots is the friggin worst.

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« Reply #49 on: June 15, 2018, 04:23:13 PM »
Anybody know when Holland playing?  Want to set meh PVR

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« Reply #50 on: June 17, 2018, 10:47:47 AM »
Yes.. hope Mexico manage to tell Maradona to learn to sit back and take compliments and shut de f up.

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« Reply #51 on: June 18, 2018, 10:58:27 AM »
"I don't like it," Maradona told Telesur. "Mexico doesn't deserve it. The Mexicans come up against Brazil or Germany... and 'boom,' they're out."
May want to revise thar statement.

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« Reply #52 on: June 18, 2018, 11:44:45 AM »
"I don't like it," Maradona told Telesur. "Mexico doesn't deserve it. The Mexicans come up against Brazil or Germany... and 'boom,' they're out."
May want to revise thar statement.

This view is not Maradona's exclusively. It is a view I've heard  in Argentina repeatedly among common fans and football cognoscenti. Ironically, it doesn't stop their players from getting a paycheck in LigaMX.

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« Reply #53 on: June 18, 2018, 08:40:21 PM »
Mexico played a smart and discipline game a won. Congrats to them. They finally won a big one. But unlike we minnows of concacaf, mexico goes to almost every WC, and by now should have made  at least a semi -final by now. So the win was long overdue.

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« Reply #54 on: June 18, 2018, 09:56:12 PM »
Mexico played a smart and discipline game a won. Congrats to them. They finally won a big one. But unlike we minnows of concacaf, mexico goes to almost every WC, and by now should have made  at least a semi -final by now. So the win was long overdue.
Plenty team yuh could say that about, besides they play one game, have a long and difficult road, as does everyone. What about African teams ?

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« Reply #55 on: June 19, 2018, 05:59:38 AM »
Mexico played a smart and discipline game a won. Congrats to them. They finally won a big one. But unlike we minnows of concacaf, mexico goes to almost every WC, and by now should have made  at least a semi -final by now. So the win was long overdue.
Plenty team yuh could say that about, besides they play one game, have a long and difficult road, as does everyone. What about African teams ?

True, the Africans have fallen flat so far. But  Mexico has been to 15 WC finals. From the very first in 1934. With the exception of probably Egypt and Ethiopia, most or all the Africans were colonies. But that still don't overlook the disappointing results of the games involving the African teams so far. Morocco and Tunisia were unlucky not to come out with 1 point each. I thought the Tunisia were really good. They frustrated England, until Kane, in the right spot at the right time sank them.

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« Reply #56 on: June 19, 2018, 06:06:44 AM »
Yuh wake up prepared to play the match of yuh life and 3 minutes after taking the field yuh get a red card. Agony!

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« Reply #57 on: June 19, 2018, 06:16:24 AM »
Yuh wake up prepared to play the match of yuh life and 3 minutes after taking the field yuh get a red card. Agony!

Yuh wake up watching the 2018 world cup, and post yuh comment 8 years in the future. Agony!  ;D
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Yuh wake up watching the 2018 world cup, and post yuh comment 8 years in the future. Agony!  ;D

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« Reply #59 on: June 19, 2018, 06:42:18 AM »
Colombia 1 - Japon 1. A good game so far. Honestly, I don't think was a foul on Falcao. But the free kick was superb. Colombia, like they learned something from the 2006 Soca Warriors. :D