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FIFA Unveils The 11 Host Cities For The 2026 World Cup

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FIFA Unveils The 11 Host Cities For The 2026 World Cup

The eleven (yes, eleven) host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup have been revealed.

It's officially the first tournament that will be spread across three different countries with the United States, Canada and Mexico all playing host.

With the number of teams extended to include 48 from 32, 60 matches will be held in the United States – including the quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final itself.

Meanwhile, Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.

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Now the exact host cities have been unveiled too – and fans across America are buzzing.

The United States' two largest cities will play a major part with either Los Angeles or New York expected to play out the grand finale in their backyard.

As for the other venues, they'll be in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.

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Toronto and Vancouver are the cities from Canada which will host matches, while the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey will also be involved.

For a lot of the US hosts, they're expected to tap into their huge state-of-the-art American Football fields.

It'll be a very different tournament from the last time these nations hosted a World Cup.

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Back in 1994, when Diana Ross infamously kicked things off by missing her penalty during the opening ceremony, only 24 teams competed across nine venues in America.

But while Ross' effort from the spot will forever be an iconic moment, it wasn't the worst penalty the tournament witnessed.

Roberto Baggio dragged Italy kicking and screaming to the final, only to get out his pitching wedge and sky the fifth and final penalty of the shootout over the bar.

It meant Brazil were crowned champions in front of a packed-out crowd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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Before that, it was Mexico who played host to a World Cup, one which England fans won't remember too fondly – well, at least we qualified this time, unlike in 1994.

As Three Lions fans, we got to witness the true high and lows of football all in the space of 90 minutes when Diego Maradona produced the "Hand of God" before scoring arguably the greatest ever World Cup goal.

Anyway, let's not go there.

Either way, it was a memorable tournament with the Argentine magician guiding his country to glory in the Mexican heat.

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Rather ironically, eight years later, that same man was frog-marched off the pitch by a nurse after failing a drugs test at the 94' World Cup.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Australia, Football World Cup, Football, FIFA

Max Sherry
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