Posted on September 21, 2012
Mexico wants to bid for the 2026 World Cup.
The Mexicans have hosted the competition twice before — in 1970 and 1986.
“Mexico was a great host in ’70 and ’86, so we are indeed going to fight, we want to have a World Cup [again],” Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compeán told InsideWorldFootball.com
“There will be a strong competition with the United States [but] Mexico’s football infrastructure keeps growing and that World Cup can be feasible for Mexico.”
Mexico put in an early bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, but eventually dropped out, leaving the United States as the only country from CONCACAF in the running. Russia eventually received the nod for 2018 from FIFA, with Qatar winning the right to hold the 2022 tournament.
Mexico is one of four countries that have hosted the World Cup twice. The others are France (1938 an 1998) and Germany (as West Germany in 1974 and Germany in 2006).
“FIFA is always more demanding with all the structures that are needed,” Compeán was quoted by InsideWorldFootball.com “The great competitor [for 2026] is the United States, which has great resources, great stadiums, triple the population we have and all that counts.”
Compeán figured that if the U.S. decided to bid for the 2026 World Cup, Mexico still would come out ahead.
“Assuming the United States were to get the World Cup, we would still win because on a sporting level we wouldn’t have to face each other in the qualifiers,” he told InsideWorldFootballcom. “We’re three hours from the border and we have millions of nationals living on the other side so we’d be playing as a home team.”
Categories: CONCACAF, Mexico, North America, U.S.A., World Cup Qualifying
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