Russia punished a woeful Saudi Arabia 5-0 today to record the biggest win by a host nation in the opening match of a FIFA World Cup since 1934.
Brazilian Football Confederation head Antonio Carlos Nunes reportedly voted for Morocco rather the United bid in the 2026 FIFA World Cup race on the assumption that his choice would remain private.
The leaders of Canada, Mexico and United States were among those to voice their congratulations after the North American trio were awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup here today.
Russia and 11 African countries among United 2026 supporters as Brazil back Morocco in World Cup vote
A surprise late switch from Russia to support the bid anchored by its main political rival, United States, was among notable late factors affecting the race to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Canada, United States and Mexico have been awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup after the United bid defeated Morocco by 134 votes to 65 today.
Gianni Infantino began a year-long campaign for re-election as FIFA President today with a Congress address in which he claimed to have transformed the organisation from being "clinically dead" to "alive and well".
By Duncan Mackay and Nick Butler in Moscow
Morocco and the United North American bids are undergoing frenetic last-minute lobbying here today before tomorrow's vote to determine the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad has called for the continent to show cohesion in supporting Morocco's bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Plans to explore a 48-team World Cup in 2022 have been take off the agenda for the FIFA annual Congress here on Wednesday (June 13) after the body's President Gianni Infantino revealed they will only proceed with the support of host nation, Qatar.
European Club Association call for open and transparent talks with Infantino over expansion proposals
The European Club Association (ECA) has called for "open and transparent" talks with FIFA President Gianni Infantino following a proposal to expand the Club World Cup and to create a new Nations League tournament.
FIFA Council puts forward joint North American and Moroccan bids for 2026 World Cup to vote at Congress
FIFA's ruling Council has put forward both the joint North American and Moroccan bids for the 2026 World Cup to a vote on Wednesday (June 13) at the Congress here.
Only one of the 22 men who voted last time FIFA chose a World Cup host remains on the football body's rebranded Council
Next Wednesday (June 13), the FIFA Congress is due to convene in Moscow to decide the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Former England international David Beckham has backed the United 2026 bid for the World Cup in the build-up to the vote at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on June 13.