I believed, for a fraction of a second, that it was unfair to deny Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 Football World Cup.
Regardless of how strong the Northern American bid was, Donald Trump’s intervention –threat, to be precise- was a game changer. It made many nations push their football federations not only to back away from giving their vote to Morocco, but to give them away to America. (Sounds like modern charity). Which drags us to FIFA’s decision to suspend Iraq from playing football for 15 years due to what was described by FIFA as governmental interference. But this is America this time, and « to every context a saying », remember?
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I seriously thought it was Africa’s turn to have one more spot in the World Cup and Morocco’s time to attract some real tourists. But it did not take me more than that fraction of that second to realize that Football Is–really not–For Africa.
Why? Here are some Football-istic facts:
_The first World Cup tournament was played in 1930, but Africa was never able to host it until 2010.
_The first host country, in the history of the World Cup, to be knocked out in the first round (group stage) was an African team. (No prize for guessing whom that was)
_No African team has ever gone too far in a Word Cup tournament –The closest we’ve ever been to a semi-final was blocked by Suarez’s handball and Musleira’s Crossbar.
_We barely even go through group stage. Proof? Take the last 21 world cups as a sample.
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On the other hand, we can’t deny that the only African team that over-performs in the World Cup and that makes the whole black continent proud is.. France! So credits where they’re due.
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