Canada 4/1 favourites to host World Cup 2026
Even though there has been no official word about who will be running for FIFA Presidency next, it appears that it will eventually all boil down to a two-horse race between Prince Ali Al-Hussein who is 11/8 at Bet365 and Michel Platini who is 7/4. FIFA will hold an extraordinary congress meeting on February 26th, 2016 to elect a new President after Sepp Blatter decided to step down.
Why he went through the May election just to four days later renounce his role is a mystery. Perhaps the weight of all the scandals go to him. But still, since the date of the re-election and the extraordinary meeting, another nine months of Blatter in charge of world football will have passed by. Clearly it is time for a change at the top and both Platini and Al-Hussein seem keen to have the current regime ended.
Numerous world football chiefs have asked Platini to take the role and as UEFA President, he will have a lot of pull from the European nations when it comes to voting. He seems to be the popular choice with growing support too, as Al-Hussein lost in May election to Blatter. Frankly anyone who would have opposed Blatter then would have lost because of all of the Swiss man’s links to the smaller football nations who keep him elected.
But things are going to change. FIFA is going through some much-needed reforms, a task force is out to clean up the organisation and, therefore, the game. So new times are coming and it all sounds as if there will be a positive outcome to all of the scandals. Online betting site Coral have put Canada as the 4/1 favourites to host the 2026 World Cup, followed by Colombia and Mexico at 13/2 each.