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Mexico want to battle with US, Canada for CONCACAF support to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Mexico want to battle with US, Canada for CONCACAF support to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Posted by Juan Gavasa on December 11, 2014

The United States have already said they are interested in hosting the 2026 World Cup. Thesame goes for Canada.

Now it looks like Mexico want to throw their hats in the ring as well.

With speculation mounting that CONCACAF could be the frontrunner to host that edition of the tournament (the region has not hosted a men's World Cup since 1994), it seems the three largest countries in the region will all be battling to make the bid on behalf of the federation.

This country? Why not? It also deserves a third World Cup, so the competition is going to be good, and I hope that our referee is impartial. We're going to have Canada, the United States and Mexico giving it their all [to land the World Cup]," Mexican federation president Justino Compeán (above, left) said to reporters as CONCACAF announced a corporate partnership in Mexico on Tuesday. "Obviously, from 1986 to 2026, it's a lot of years — 40 years — and so yes, we have the right to raise our hand, and we will have the stadiums."

Mexico have hosted the World Cup twice, first in 1968 and then in 1986, when they stepped in about three years before the tournament after original host Colombia withdrew.

The country boasts several World Cup-ready stadiums, including the iconic Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which will be renovated to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Furthermore, Liga MX club Monterrey are currently building a new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

On top of that, Mexico will host the 2016 FIFA World Congress, something that Compeán mentioned as a good opportunity to show off the country to FIFA delegates.

"We want to have a World Cup," Compean said. "And also, I'll remind you that in 2016 we're going to have the FIFA World Congress here in Mexico, which [CONCACAF president] Jeffrey [Webb] helped us land. It's so important to have this Congress: 209 countries, 1200-1300 persons will be attending the Congress, and we have to show the other face of Mexico."

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