Trump's meddling is likely to work against US World Cup bid

Germany players celebrate after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup

"I can tell you for certain that the president will attend the opening of the World Cup".

The World Cup matches will be held on June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhni Novgorod, Samara, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Saransk, Volgograd and Rostov-on-Don.

What impact Trump's support has for the hopes of the USA, Mexico and Canada World Cup bid remains to be seen. "We will be watching very closely and any help they can give us in that bid we would appreciate", Trump said.

France was among the first, explaining that the continent had only had one World Cup. "We are being respected again", he said.

FIFA's plans for the Club World Cup would involve expanding it to 24 teams - including 12 from Europe - and staging it every four years instead of annually as happens at present.

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"Would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid", Trump wrote, insinuating broader financial implications for nations with pro-Morocco federations.

But Russian soccer has also made headlines for a string of racist incidents, including at Russia´s friendly against France in March while the country has pledged to combat discriminatory behaviour at sporting events.

African World Cup-bound teams have received a major boost after Fifa agreed to advance each of the five countries US$2 million ahead of the quadrennial global football fiesta which kicks off in Russian Federation next month.

With only the USA-Mexico-Canada bid and a bid from Morocco in the running, the North American bid is still the favorite despite growing support for Morocco's last-minute bid over the past few months.

But Morocco has secured support from the influential Confederation of African Football as well as countries in Europe, notably France.

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