Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has named who he expects to reach the World Cup semi-finals stage but rather surprisingly left out the likes of Spain and France. It beat competition from Morocco by securing 134 votes (including 11 from Africa) compared to 65 for the North African nation.
They even highlighted restrictions on weapons in Morocco in an apparent dig at gun crime in the U.S. and Mexico. "Canada is a good tourist destination".
Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are in Group A along with Egypt and two-time World Cup victor Uruguay.
The projections of revenues from Morocco, all 14 of whose proposed stadiums would have had to be newly built or renovated, were half the $14bn now promised from TV and stuffed stands in the U.S., and that is a language all the Federation Internationale de Football Association family understands. Canada and Mexico would then host ten games each.
North American officials have promised to deliver $14 billion in revenue from the event.
The Spaniards were left reeling following the sudden firing of head coach Julan Lopetegui on Wednesday, but maintain steady +650 odds to claim their first World Cup title since 2010.
But fear not, for that endurance test was followed in 1990 by one of the most astonishing games in World Cup history, Cameroon's 1-0 victory over holders Argentina at San Siro by virtue of Francois Omam-Biyik's victor and such extraordinary reckless tackling and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm that left several world champions sporting saucer-sized bruises and two Cameroon players with red cards.
Jonathan Evans wrote this story based on reports from the Associated Press and VOA News.