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The 2018 World Cup is underway! For an entire month, ‘the beautiful game’ will be the center of the sporting world. From humble beginnings to the biggest sports event in the world, here’s how it got there.
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President Donald Trump touted his efforts to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America in a tweet Friday morning, thanking supporters for complimenting his work and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft for giving him “excellent advice.”

“Thank you for all of the compliments on getting the World Cup to come to the U.S.A., Mexico and Canada,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I worked hard on this, along with a Great Team of talented people. We never fail, and it will be a great World Cup! A special thanks to Bob Kraft for excellent advice.”

New England Revolution president Brian Bilello told reporters earlier this week that Kraft, a longtime good friend and political supporter of Trump, spoke with the president “about a number of things” and performed a major position in serving to safe the bid, which the United States made along side Canada and Mexico.

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According to The New York Times, Trump tried to assuage a few of FIFA’s issues by offering bid leaders with letters addressed to FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The letters promised that Trump’s efforts to vary immigration coverage wouldn’t have an effect on gamers, directors or followers who needed to attend the World Cup, according to the newspaper.

Trump additionally supported the United States’ successful Olympic bid. Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympics in 2028.

Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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