Russian Federation rips Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Russian Federation rips Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Russian Federation rips Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Russian Federation is grappling with Western sanctions imposed after its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine four years ago, but talking of a love of football uniting the planet "as one team", Putin said: "In this unity, over which no powers reign, in which there are no differences of language, of ideology or of faith, lies the great power of football, and of all sport".

World soccer's governing body, FIFA, selected Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup.

The victorious bid collected 134 and 67% of the votes and Morocco received 65 votes or 33%.

"It's a bit emotional for us today", US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro told Federation Internationale de Football Association congress.

With a maximum capacity of 80,000 spectators, the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow was the site of the opening ceremony and will also be the grounds for the final game, scheduled for July 15. Football today is the only victor.

Morocco have bid five times now and they have been overlooked each time. Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent.

"We are confident that the USA, Canada and Mexico will put on a fantastic event and we look forward to the tournament in 2026".

The main factor at play here seems to be money.

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North America is optimistically promising to deliver $14 billion in revenue helped, while the tournament won't require major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.

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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.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final.

The 2026 World Cup will also be the first to include 48 teams.

From that point on, it is knockout stages.

Virtually all of Pizzi's players lack the physique of players accustomed to performing at the highest level, and it showed in this game, with Russian Federation dominated in every aspect.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid, in a statement.

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