Sepp Blatter to attend World Cup as personal guest of Vladimir Putin

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup


"I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream".

Pitana will be assisted by his fellow country men Juan Pablo Bellati and Hernan Maidan.

Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association whose dramatic fall from power corresponded with revelations of widespread corruption among the organisation's top officials, will attend the World Cup in Russia as a personal guest of President Vladimir Putin.

With the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system making its World Cup debut, Italy's Massimiliano Irrati is the designated VAR official in Moscow.

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by Russia's Channel One and the "creative concept" will be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who has directed other World Cup events including the preliminary and main draw.

"He made his debut in the Argentinian league in 2007 and officiated his first global match in 2010".

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Either North America or Morocco will earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup when the vote is conducted at the FIFA Congress in Moscow.

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"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", the soloist from the Vienna State Opera said.

However, there are referees from Algeria, Senegal, Gambia, Egypt, Zambia and Ethiopia who will be in charge of games in Russian Federation.

Mourinho can envisage Spain taking on Argentina for a place in the quarter-finals and Lionel Messi coming out on top to dump the Spaniards out.

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