Teams gear up for World Cup opener

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Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time.

There is also a chance to send an eighth team via an inter-continental playoff.

The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.

210 members were present with 203 members entitled to vote. Large votes are often swayed by small concessions promised to the right number of smaller nations or by regional biases.

Brazil, China and North Korea were among those to support Morocco.

So with some countries harboring concerns about a Trump-led US planning an event that celebrates multiculturalism and requires the host to welcome not only guests from well-developed nations but from any nation that earns its spot on the football field, Mexico's voice was a welcomed one. The tournament has been jointly hosted only once before, by Japan and Korea in 2002. The event has since been moved to November to avoid Qatar's blistering summer temperatures, bribery acusations abound, and potential human rights violations at the stadium sites have caused outrage from the global community.

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The ship had sailed north towards Italy but Mr Salvini said it should go to neighbouring Malta instead. "It's common sense. Conte said he was due to discuss the situation further with Salvini and other Italian government ministers.

Usually referred to as just the World Cup, the tournament is the biggest sporting competition on the planet.

Uncovered might sound unfair for a 27-year-old who started at Real Madrid and has spent the last two seasons with Villarreal, but his has been a stop-start career and he began this game on the bench. The octopus, which resided at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, correctly predicted all the matches of the German team during the World Cup and even went on to predict the victory of Spain in the final.

"On behalf of our United bid ... thank you so very much for this incredible honor", Carlos Cordeiro, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, noted after the announcement.

On Saturday, Iceland makes their highly anticipated World Cup debut as they take on South American powerhouse Argentina as heavy +950 underdogs, while France looks to open the group stage on a strong note as they battle Australia as heavy -425 favourites. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts. Canada qualified once, in 1986.

While Trump has been feuding with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over tariffs and policy after the G-7 meeting and with Mexican leaders about his proposed border wall, the heads of state are not heavily involved in this World Cup bid.

-With assistance from Ira Boudway and Jake Rudnitsky.

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