FIFA says Estadio Azteca not ready for World Cup 2026

Canada, the US, and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup, and the clock is ticking down the days before the big event. With 16 host cities spread throughout the three nations, this World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams.

The two Canadian sites, located on opposite sides of the nation, are Vancouver and Toronto, respectively. June 12 will be the Reds’ first Group Stage match in Toronto, hosting five other Group Stage clashes.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles is one of eight U.S. cities that will host the start of the campaign on June 12. The others are Boston, Kansas City, Philadelphia, New York, Houston, Seattle, and San Francisco as well.

The United States of America hosted the 1994 World Cup, however, Mexico hosted the tournament twice (in 1970 and 1986). The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City will host the opening game on June 11.

Diego Maradona’s Argentina won their second World Cup in 1986 in front of an Azteca Stadium crowd. Monterrey and Guadalajara are the other two Mexican locations. Meanwhile, on July 19, the championship game will happen at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Disappointment for Mexico?

Unfortunately, a painful setback for Mexico has emerged. Due to renovations being carried out to bring it up to FIFA standards, the Azteca Stadium might not host the event.

has learned that FIFA gave Azteca Stadium a red card since their stadium is running behind schedule. The two other Mexican stadiums have already met FIFA’s requirements: the Estadio BBVA, where Monterrey plays, and the Estadio Akron, where Chivas plays.

“The Azteca Stadium did NOT pass the FIFA tests for the 2026 World Cup. The first report of the year arrived, and the Azteca is DELAYED by 6 months according to its planned remodeling,” FIFA wrote on X.

On June 14, 20 and 26, Monterrey will play home to two group-stage matches. Then, on June 29, it will host one last-16 encounter. Guadalajara will also play home to four first-round matches on June 11,…

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Author : Martina Alcheva

Publish date : 2024-04-03 16:02:16

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