The World Cup is due to feature 48 teams and will take place across three countries for the first time. It beat competition from Morocco by securing 134 votes (including 11 from Africa) compared to 65 for the North African nation. The final game will kickoff on Sunday, July 15, and determine the victor. And, referencing track one, side one of that very LP, "you don't know how lucky you are boys*' ..."
"The handsome game transcends borders and cultures".
World Cup opening games have traditionally been a specialist taste, enjoyed by people who remember the sight of the Queen and Tony Blair holding hands to sing Auld Lang Syne under the Millennium Dome as 1999 turned into 2000, and Prince gave way to Pulp, when all that anticipation and expense dissolved into the dampest of squibs in the English rain.
Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino, looked opportunistically quick to immediately put himself forward for re-election next year, and he was followed by USA president Donald Trump with a self-congratulatory tweet.
The United bid will, however, be of huge appeal to the Federation Internationale de Football Association bean-counters as the bid team claims the ability to generate a projected profit of more than £8 billion for the governing body.
Despite the latest setback, Morocco vowed to continue its bid to host the tournament in future. The US, however, hosted the World Cup on its own merit in 1994, while Mexico have twice before organised the tournament, in 1970 and in 1986.
It marks the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties. There is also no National Football League stadium within Portland that could be used.