Should the United States bid again for the right to host a FIFA men's World Cup after falling short in its effort to host the 2022 tournament, it appears that it will run into a familiar foe in the bidding process.
Mexico will bid to host the 2026 World Cup and the opportunity to become the first nation to host three World Cups after doing so in 1970 and 1986, according to Reuters.
"Mexico was a great host in '70 and '86, so we are indeed going to fight (for the right)," Mexican football federation president Justino Compean said. "We want to have a World Cup (again). There will be a strong competition with the United States. Mexico's football infrastructure keeps growing, and that World Cup can be feasible for Mexico.
"FIFA is always more demanding with all the structures that are needed. The great competitor (for 2026) is the United States, which has great resources, great stadiums, triple the population we have and all that counts."
The 2014 World Cup is slated to take place in Brazil, which will host the event for the second time in its history. Russia won the right to host the 2018 tournament, and Qatar was selected to host the 2022 event, beating out the bid from the United States amid controversy of alleged bribery and corruption involving members of FIFA's executive committee.