World Cup Set to Kick Off in Russia Thursday

World Cup Set to Kick Off in Russia Thursday

Having lost several key players to injury before the World Cup, the loss of Dzagoev to what appeared to be a hamstring pull halfway through the first half of the opening game was merely another setback for coach Cherchesov.

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Morocco also didn't get full support from other Muslim-majority nations, with Afghanistan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia among the 134 backers of the North American bid. Scotland and Wales are obvious junior partners in a set-up that could mirror the 60-10-10 split of games to host picked by the North Americans. "I believe in what I can do for Fifa and for football".

Neymar and co. are backed to lift the trophy for a record-extending sixth time by 43 percent of users on the day before the tournament kicks off in Moscow on June 14.

Mexico and the U.S. have hosted the World Cup for a total of three times between them and it's believed their profit margin was a key decision in the choice.

Achilles, who is a resident of Russia's State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, correctly predicted the outcomes of three out of four 2017 Confederations Cup matches played in St. Petersburg, including the opening and final matches.

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"We should ask for an amendment to the bidding process that would allow rotation to come back", added Liberia FA president Musa Bility. "Morocco has been counting on bolstering economic and social development by embracing the World Cup", he said, noting the infrastructure investment required to host such a tournament.

"Technically speaking, it's understandable that the United States bid capacity surpasses Morocco's", said Omar Chrayabi, a Moroccan sports journalist.

Prior to the vote, the Federation Internationale de Football Association inspections report favored the North American bid and highlighted three "high risk" elements in Morocco's bid: stadiums, hotels and transport. Could a regional North African bid work with Algeria and Tunisia?

American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

Having antagonized Canada and Mexico in trade and immigration squabbles, US President Donald Trump is suddenly under pressure to cooperate with his neighbors on an issue the rest of the world obsesses over: the lovely game.

"It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the USA bid".

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