Trump hails 'hard work' of World Cup bid after 2026 triumph

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The United States, Mexico and Canada will host the 2026 World Cup after beating out a bid from Morocco, to the delight of the head of state

United States president Donald Trump has hailed the hard work of the USA, Mexico and Canada in securing the right to host the 2026 World Cup.

The United bid beat a rival one from Morocco by 134 votes to 65, giving them the right to host football's showpiece event in eight years' time.

The decision means that for the first time in World Cup history three nations will share hosting duties. 

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To date Japan and South Korea's joint-hosting of the 2002 finals has been the only occasion in which the competition has spread beyond the borders of a single country, although the European Championship has been split between two hosts three times since 2000. 

While this will be the first time Canada, whose sole World Cup experience came in 1986, have hosted the finals, both the United States and Mexico have previously taken the honour. 

The US staged the 1994 competition, while Mexico took on the duty in both 1970 and 1986 - making them the first nation to host three World Cups.

It had been suggested that the controversial politics of Trump could aid Morocco's cause.

But that proved not to be the case and Trump posted on Twitter: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"

Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau expressed similar sentiments, writing in a tweet: "Good news this morning: The 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to Canada, the US and Mexico. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard on this bid – it's going to be a great tournament!"

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