World Cup 2026: Saudis push to be football power player

Saudi Arabia may be World Cup minnows, but analysts say the kingdom's backing of North America's winning bid to host the 2026 tournament underscores a drive to become a football powerhouse in the face of regional rivalries.The United States, Mexico and Canada edged out underdogs Morocco on Wednesday in a vote by members of football's world governing body FIFA supported by Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia has long been a marginal player in football's ruling classes, unlike its Gulf rival Qatar -- set to host the 2022 World Cup -- with which...

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