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The octopus, which resided at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, correctly predicted all the matches of the German team during the World Cup and even went on to predict the victory of Spain in the final.

The United bid won by a 134-65 margin, with one vote for "neither" host.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says he does not like the decision to have Mexico, Canada and the United States host the 2026 World Cup, decrying the countries' lack of success and passion for the sport.

Under the North America proposal, 60 of the tournament's matches will be held in the United States, including everything from the quarterfinals onwards, while Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each. Paul, an octopus, correctly picked the winning football team in 12 out of 14 matches during the 2010 World Cup.

"It's always a bit of a stronger bid with more countries, but at same time if we are talking about England, with their infrastructure, they can host on their own or with the rest of the United Kingdom".

Having antagonized Canada and Mexico in trade and immigration squabbles, US President Donald Trump is suddenly under pressure to cooperate with his neighbors on an issue the rest of the world obsesses over: the attractive game.

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The 69 majority for North America meant Federation Internationale de Football Association avoids a fifth consecutive risky, tricky World Cup after South Africa, Brazil, Russia, which opens on Thursday without a USA team, and Qatar in 2022.

The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday's vote.

The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion. Combined bids can be unwieldy, but it also may bring countries into the mix that otherwise would've had no hope of ever staging games of the magnitude they could now host (looking at you, Paraguay).

UEFA will push strongly for the 2030 World Cup, keeping the modern rate of every third edition hosted in Europe.

The United bid also estimated double the profits that the Morocco bid had calculated - $10 billion to $5 billion for the North African nation.

American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

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