SKIMMING TWITTER the other night, killing time before the Purple Wedding, Glenn Davis posted a link to an interesting article about the 2026 World Cup. Should Mexico host its third World Cup in 2026?
Funny thing, it just so happened that UDN was broadcasting the official film of 1986 World Cup. You know the one - the one with the Michael Caine narration and the Rick Wakeman soundtrack. It turned out it was a rather poor account if the tournament. It spent a lot of time on some Argentine whose name escapes me at the moment (I kid). What really stood out, though, is that 9 of the 12 stadia that were used in the tournament are still being used by Liga MX teams today.
The other 3 are being used by second division teams, and 4 stadia were also venues in the 1970 World Cup.
In the nearly 30 years since Burruchaga squeezed the trophy winner past Schumacher at the Estadio Azteca, just a handful of new stadiums have been erected. Necaxa's in Aguascalientes, Chivas' Omnilife, and the TSM in Torreon. Monterrey will have a new stadium ready for play possible next year.
One would think that this would be problem for a Mexico bid, but would it? Not if we look at recent history. How many stadia has FIFA forced countries to build since the turn of the century in Japan, Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, and Qatar?
Believe me, I don't pretend to know the criteria that FIFA uses to decide which country's bid will be awarded the honor of hosting the World Cup - I'll let Bill Archer do all the dirty work there.
But if the last 4 World Cups are any indication, then infrastructure, and ready, available stadia may not be as important as getting venues built. Which leads me to believe that there is a very small, yet influential group in the stadium construction business who are making a pile of cash for some other small, yet influential group of decision makers. And vice versa.
It is something to consider as CONCACAF decides which of the three countries, USA, Canada, or Mexico would be able to launch the most attractive bid. Obviously there are many more facets to consider, but I think we can all agree on one thing:
Don't let Morgan Freeman make the final presentation. Even King Joffrey would be better, purple face and all.