Federation Internationale de Football Association picks referee Pitana of Argentina for World Cup opener

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"Nestor Pitana is set to become the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978".

Following the decision of world football body, FIFA, to overhaul its monthly ranking system to make standing more fair and logical, the Super Eagles and many other nations that have won matches against stronger nations are in position to profit in the new order.

"This is a monumental victory for the Concacaf family, as the United Bid exemplified the strong collaboration, beyond politics and business, that now exists in our region".

In a historic vote held in Moscow on Wednesday, the "United Bid" of Canada, Mexico and the United States beat out Morocco to win the right to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, marking the first time that global soccer's marquee event will touch down on Canadian soil.

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Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are Canadian candidate host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.

The expanded 2026 men's event, featuring 48 teams for the first time, will be played in 16 different cities - 10 in the USA, plus three sites in both Canada and Mexico.

Tickets are still available for at least 20 matches at the World Cup in Russian Federation - including England's Group G opener against Tunisia.

The win also gives Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament.

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A film promised natural grass on every pitch at "iconic" and "state-of-the art" stadiums already built, a sly dig at Morocco, whose stadium infrastructure is far from complete.

"We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid, strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come".

Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process. Morocco's bid, for example, received vocal support from France and a large contingent of Middle Eastern and North African nations.

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