The world football body, FIFA has stated on Monday, while publishing the official details of bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada, that the host for 2026 World Cup would be made known to all on June 13 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The bidding process that awarded the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively came under intense scrutiny, causing widespread upheaval at FIFA.
Football’s world governing body has changed its approach to selecting World Cup hosts and rejects claims from the African Football Confederation (CAF) that the technical evaluation of bids is loaded in favour of richer nations.
“I challenge anyone to point out an organisation that conducts a bidding process as fair, objective and transparent as the one that FIFA is carrying out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday.
Morocco’s bid lists 12 stadiums including a 93,000-capacity venue in Casablanca.
The United States-Canada-Mexico bid will select up to 16 host cities from “23 existing world-class stadiums, 150 existing elite training facilities, and our modern and interconnected transportation network”.
FIFA’s technical evaluation committee led by Swiss lawyer Marco Villiger and former AC Milan and Croatia star Zvonimir Boban is due to evaluate the facilities and infrastructure of the two candidates in April.
Moroccan media have speculated that the evaluation process could effectively put Morocco’s bid out of contention before the decision comes down to a vote, an assertion Infantino has described as “unfounded”.
A source close to CAF complained that the evaluation process was unfair.
“The excessive margin left to this evaluation commission whose conclusions are not even subject to appeal, is a clear denial of justice and a violation of the principle of dual jurisdiction,” the source said. (Nigeria News)
El Clasico: Barcelona’s Squad Against Real Madrid Revealed
Two Spanish giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will battle for points in Sunday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou, Naija News reports.
In preparation for the face off, Barcelona Manager, Ronald Koeman on Saturday (today) announced his 23-man squad to battle Madrid in the home game.
Koeman’s squad was revealed in a post via Barcelona’s official website on Saturday.
Koeman’s side had earlier secured a 1-0 victory against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League on Wednesday, Naija News reports.
See below Barcelona’s squad against Real Madrid:
Ter Stegen, Dest, Pique, Sergio, Riqui Puig, Memphis, Ansu Fati, Demir, Neto, Coutinho, Lenglet, L. De Jong, Jordi Alba, Kun Agüero, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, O. Mingueza, Umtiti, Eric, Iñaki Peña, Nico, Gavi and Balde. R. Araujo, O.
Dembele, Braithwaite and Pedri are not included in the feature due to some injuries sustained earlier.
The kick-off time for Barcelona vs Real Madrid is 3.15 pm.
Naija News understands that the Catalans are currently in the seventh position on the LaLiga table with 15 points from eight games.
Meanwhile, the Union of European Football Association, UEFA, has released its Champions League team of the week.
Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a winger for English Premier club, Liverpool, Mohamed Salah made it to the list of midfielders in the UEFA squad released on Thursday, Naija News reports.
Chelsea’s Jorginho also made it to the list while Real Madrid’s player, Vinicius Junior is the only forward in the UEFA’s team of the week unveiled, Naija News reports
Chelsea Beat Toothless Norwich 7-0 To Maintain EPL Lead
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on Saturday defeated bottom of the table Norwich City in a 7-0 thriller to maintain their lead in the 2022/2023 English Premier League season table.
Chelsea’s victory earned them 22 points this weekend to maintain the gap between them and rivals Liverpool.
The Reds will have to win their away match against Manchester United on Sunday to close the gap on Chelsea.
Naija News understands that Norwich is yet to win a match this season.
Chelsea’s forward, Mason Mount scored his first Premier League hat-trick against Norwich today, clearing the coast for the Blues.
Jorginho had teamed up with Mount to open the scoring in the eighth minute of the game.
Chelsea doubled their lead with another goal through Callum Hudson-Odoi, who slid in from Mateo Kovacic’s pass.
The Blues made it three before half-time when Reece James brilliantly dinked the ball in from Mount’s assist.
While the Canaries are yet to recover from their wounds, the fourth goal on 57 minutes came in for the Blues through Ben Chilwell, his fourth in as many matches, Naija News understands.
To make it five for Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi played a deflective shot in off Max Aarons.
The game became tougher for Norwich after a second yellow card was handed to Ben Gibson.
At this time, Chelsea added a sixth through Mount’s retaken penalty.
Though Tim Krul had saved the original spot-kick, he was adjudged to have been off his line when the ball was struck.
Mount completed his hat-trick in stoppage time, to inflict the Canaries’ joint-heaviest Premier League defeat and secure a third successive victory for Chelsea, giving them 22 points.
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|19||West Brom||-:-||Bristol C.||Saturday|
|32||Bristol R.||-:-||Newport Co.||Saturday|
|35||Forest G.||-:-||Salford C.||Saturday|