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Alexi Lalas considers US to be Best Candidate for 2026 WC

The United States is the best candidate to host the 2026 World Cup, according to former international defender Alexi Lalas.

FIFA is looking for a fresh start after being involved in several corruption scandals and undergoing new presidential elections, which saw Gianni Infantino take over from Sepp Blatter. The organisation recently announced new rules for countries wishing to host the World Cup. The selection process for the 2018 and 2022 world cups have already been concluded and they have been awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. Interested parties will have to undergo rigorous consultation, campaigning, and evaluation processes.

The United States might miss the next World Cup

The United States football team might miss the 2018 World Cup if they fail to beat Guatemala. The United States has not missed a World Cup since 1990 and would want to give everything on the field to qualify.

They are currently third in their qualifying group with 4 points from 3 games. Trinidad and Tobago lead the group with 7 points and Guatemala is second with 6 points. The other team in the group is St.Vincent.
The United States, who has been previously unbeaten during 21 games against Guatemala, lost their first match on Friday 2-0. Their last defeat against Guatemala was way back in 1988. A repeat of this performance will be disastrous for the States, and they will have to watch the next World Cup on television. Even a draw may not be enough since they will then have to hope that Trinidad and Tobago win their fixture against Guatemala in September.

The World Cup tournaments have a tradition of witnessing some of the best players

The World Cup tournaments have a tradition of witnessing some of the best players in the world giving their one last go.

A number of legendary names like Zinedine Zidane have announced their retirement just after the World Cup. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to join in this list after announcing his decision to hang up his gloves after the tournament comes to a close in Russia. There were several doubts about Russia being able to host this tournament, but it now looks set to go ahead despite issues of racism, war, and deflation.

Semi Final: Germany 0 - Spain 1

Spain reached the World Cup final for the first time after a second-half header from Carles Puyol secured a narrow victory over Germany after an intriguing match in Durban.

Vicente del Bosque's side won their third straight game 1-0 and will now play the Netherlands in Sunday's final at Soccer City.

Spain deserved their victory after controlling huge periods of the match, but once again it was far from a vintage performance.

Del Bosque's team improved on their scrappy performance against Paraguay in the previous round but still struggled to carve out clear openings.

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