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Mexico Looking To Bid For The 2026 FIFA World Cup

Mexican Football Federation President Justino Compean revealed that the country would bid for the 2026 World Cup, according to Hector Morales of EL UNIVERSAL. The main competition in the CONCACAF zone will come from the U.S., and Compean has discarded the idea of both nations bidding for the event since it would "divide the votes." Compean: "They [the U.S.] have large resources and stadiums, triple our population, and all of that matters. If the U.S. has the World Cup, I think we lose but win, we cannot have two CONCACAF countries in the bid and lose, dividing votes would be absurd, we have to be on the same page" (EL UNIVERSAL, 9/21). The London TELEGRAPH noted that if the bid is successful, the Central American country could become the first to host the World Cup three times. They staged the event in '70 and '86. Compean also revealed that a World Cup in the U.S. "would still be good for Mexico." Compean said, "We are three hours from the border, and we have millions of our nationals living on the other side, so it would be like we were a home team" (TELEGRAPH, 9/21).
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