Russia World Cup to generate a staggering $6 billion for Federation Internationale de Football Association

LEVERKUSEN GERMANY- JUNE 08  Joshua Kimmich of Germany in action during the international friendly match between Germany and Saudi Arabia at Bay Arena

Moscow's streets saw the first major influx of football enthusiasts yesterday, when fans from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, the United Kingdom and from many other countries came out to express support for their teams.

The North American bid beat the rival Morocco proposal, winning 134 votes to 65 for Morocco.

The United Bid Committee boasts the fact that the three North American countries would not need to build new stadiums to host the World Cup.

Morocco has lost its bid to host the next World Cup, BBC Sport reports.

That number will be whittled to 10 in the next few years, but with Nashville's current soccer momentum, the city has as good a shot as any to host World Cup games.

That means the capital's iconic stadium, Estadio Azteca, is nearly certain to feature on day one and become the only arena in the world to host matches in three different world cups.

On Wednesday, FIFA awarded the 2026 host to the trio US-Canada -Mexico, crashing hopes of the Cherifian Kingdom to stage one of the greatest sports events on the planet.

Of the 80 matches, 60 are scheduled to be played in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico each set to host 10.

"This announcement is huge for soccer in the USA and maybe even bigger for soccer in Nashville", Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, said.




With the successful bid, the men's World Cup will be coming to Canada for the first time.

The announcement was made on Wednesday morning at the 68th FIFA Congress, just one day before the opening of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"If we can land the World Cup in Denver, Colorado, that's a big deal", he said.

While Morocco's combined tickets and hospitality revenue would be $1.07 billion, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association analysis, North America would generate $2 billion additional income.

"We're not missing out on this, people", Herdman said.

The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday's vote.

An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.

Northeast Florida could also see an influx of overseas visitors for the tournament, particularly if Orlando - one of the nine host venues in 1994 - makes the cut.

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