Putin Needs Football from Russian Federation at World Cup


US President Donald Trump's public demand for US World Cup bid could actually work against US interest.

His comments come just days after he tweeted that the US, Canada and Mexico had put together a strong bid. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

FIFA responded to the Tweet nearly immediately and released the following statement seeming to remind Trump about the rules regarding political involvement in soccer associations. They added that they can only refer to their regulations for the bid rules of conduct and the selection of the venue.

In Donald Trump's world, it would seem that the governing body of soccer's World Cup and the warning that came from officials of Federation Internationale de Football Association to not lobby countries for votes for the 2026 World Cup is the least of his problems.

It was made clear to both delegations that these presentations would be taken to SAFA NEC who will give the mandate to the delegates going to the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June on which bid to support.

The US, Mexico and Canada have introduced a joint bid to host the 2026 edition.

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On September 9 previous year, Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino kicked off the first phase of the tour, which saw the trophy visit 16 Russian cities before it moved on to its global tour in January. The Nigerian team had problems the night before the Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2013 and during the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA's plans for the Club World Cup would involve expanding it to 24 teams - including 12 from Europe - and staging it every four years instead of annually as happens at present.

Earlier this week Trump used a press conference alongside Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to try and get more support for the joint-bid ahead of the vote to host the 2026 World Cup which will take place on June 13 in Russian Federation.

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The 2026 edition will be different from previous tournaments as it will see the start of the expansion. The top sides would then compete in an eight-team tournament comprising nations from five continents, including three European countries and two from South America.