Federation Internationale de Football Association eye expansion of Nations League and Club World Cup

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The US, Mexico and Canada have introduced a joint bid to host the 2026 edition.

That prediction went unfulfilled, of course, and since then five further World Cups have taken place, with the continent still waiting.

"I hope all African countries and countries throughout the world, that we also will be supporting you, and that they will likewise support us in our bid along with Canada and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup", Trump said in a White House press conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Donald Trump called on Nigeria and other African countries Monday to endorse the US-Canada-Mexico joint bid for the World Cup in 2026, tying it to US support for them.

The letter sent by Infantino also revealed European countries could receive as much as $50 million (£37 million/€42 million) for participating in a single UEFA Nations League campaign.

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Trump's comments however risk incurring the wrath of FIFA, which has strict guidelines forbidding government intervention in football matters. "We will be watching very closely", he said about African countries' support for the bid.

US last host the tournament in 1994 where Brazil emerged victor after beating Italy on penalties after the full regulation period had ended goalless.

The 32 teams taking part in the June-July tournament receive $1.5 million each from Federation Internationale de Football Association in the form of a preparation fee and are guaranteed a minimum of $8 million more in prize money after the tournament ends. "Africa hosted the best FIFA World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa".

Meanwhile, voting to award the 2026 World Cup will hold on June 13 in Moscow at world football governing body, FIFA's annual congress, and in the process, publish the choice of each voting member for transparency. 16 more teams will compete in this tournament, adding more games and changing the group stage, which will have three teams.