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Maradona Slams FIFA For Choice Of USA, Mexico, Canada As 2026 World Cup Hosts

Maradona Slams FIFA For Choice Of USA, Mexico, Canada As 2026 World Cup Hosts

Argentina football legend Diego Maradona has slammed the choice of USA, Mexico and Canada as hosts for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, decrying the countries’ lack of success and passion for the sport.
FIFA decided on Wednesday that the 2026 event, the first to have 48 teams participating, would be split between the three North American countries, with 60 games in the U.S. and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

The decision will make Mexico the first country to host three times (hosted in 1970 and 1986) while USA will be hosting for the second time after staging the tournament in 1994.

Maradona suggested Mexico’s record in the World Cup was not good enough as they have been eliminated in the round of 16 in six straight tournaments.

“I don’t like it,” Maradona who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 told Telesur.

“Mexico doesn’t deserve it. The Mexicans come up against Brazil or Germany… and ‘boom,’ they’re out.”

The 57-year-old also took issue with Canada and the U.S., recalling a proposal ahead of the American-hosted 1994 World Cup from then-FIFA president Joao Havelange that would have split games into quarters to allow for more television commercials.

“There’s no passion,” Maradona said. “The Canadians may be good skiers, and the Americans wanted to have four periods of 25 [minutes] for the advertising.”

The joint-bid defeated Morocco 134 to 65 votes to win the hosting right.

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  • Mr Maradona, I read this article with great interest but struggle to see the point you are making.

    Lack of passion, record at the tournament and overly commercial interests (as in the case of USA) seem to be your key arguements

    If that is case, South Africa and Russia have no business hosting World Cup tournaments.

    Why did Nigeria host to FIFA U-21 World Cup having never won the tournament prior and since.

    Canada has hosted several successful youth FIFA tournaments, both male and female despite them not being a strong football nation.

    My guy (sir), come out and tell us your real gripes about this countries and perhaps your arguments will hold some water.

  • Hmmmn, I was expecting a reason for Maradona’s stance but got confused.

  • U cant get betyer audience than in the USA mr maradona, the americans watch anything and everything, even though we all know Big Ball to be there favourite, n mexico too is a footbal fanatic country, so nr maradona ur argument is baseless.