Russia kicks off World Cup with dominating win over Saudi Arabia

New Zealand's Winston Reid left fights for the ball with Peru's Andy Polo during a play-off qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup in Lima Peru Wednesday Nov. 15 2017

It has been a long four-year wait to obsess for a month again over FIFA World Cup soccer with vuvuzela's blaring.

Trump claims, preposterously, that parents of Korean War veterans came up to him during the 2016 campaign and said, "when you can, we'd love our son to be brought back home - you know, the remains".

Arrowhead Stadium was one of 23 sites included in the joint bid's official tendering to Federation Internationale de Football Association, including 17 in the United States. The other American sites still on the short list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated game next season will not be the Manchester derby, but the first clash between City and Liverpool at Anfield on October 6.

Safe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, it is also disappointing for romantics fancying another tournament in Africa - and laced with contradictions, too. "Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2026".

Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.

The biggest event Russian Federation has hosted since Soviet times, when the United States and others boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics over the invasion of Afghanistan, will put a spotlight on how Russian Federation has, since the chaotic collapse of Communism, resurrected its economy and a tight social order under the former KGB agent.

This is the first World Cup since 2006 to be hosted in Europe.

To do so would have invited ridicule when it needed to build or renovate the 14 stadiums it wants to use - a task FIFA's technical report said "cannot be overstated". More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.

The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.

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