World Cup begins with match between Russia, Saudi Arabia

The country's hopes of becoming the second African country to host the cup after South Africa in 2010 hit a bump last week when a Federation Internationale de Football Association task force scored the bid 2.7 out of 5 following an inspection.

Russia, who are tournament's lowest-placed team at the 70th spot in the FIFA's World Rankings, are heading into the showpiece event in full strength, but they are yet to win a friendly in 2018.

Leading up to the vote that would see Canada, the USA and Mexico win their joint bid to host the tournament, Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Alphonso Davies spoke about what playing in the World Cup in his home country would mean to him. Their lone opponent was Morocco.

Canada has played host to numerous Federation Internationale de Football Association events in the past, including the men's Under-16 World Championship in 1982, the 2002 under-19 women's World Championship, the 2007 men's Under-20 World Cup, the 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup and the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to North America.

Launched on June 1, 2016, Daily Hive is the evolution of Vancity Buzz and is now in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. During the next month, the men's national teams will compete in 12 venues in 11 cities around Russian Federation.

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But fear not, for that endurance test was followed in 1990 by one of the most astonishing games in World Cup history, Cameroon's 1-0 victory over holders Argentina at San Siro by virtue of Francois Omam-Biyik's victor and such extraordinary reckless tackling and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm that left several world champions sporting saucer-sized bruises and two Cameroon players with red cards.

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Wembley will host seven games during Euro 2020, including the semi-finals and final, while in August, the FA announced its bid to host the 2021 European Women's Championship.

The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994. Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games apiece.

The quadrennial month-long event will see 32 nations, divided into eight groups, competing in 64 games over 32 days and fighting it out for the coveted trophy.

The North American bid book published earlier this year proposed the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just outside New York City for the final.

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