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Mexico aims to bid for 2026 World Cup

Mexico's federation president Justino Compean hopes to land the 2026 World Cup.
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MEXICO CITY (AP)

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Mexico may bid for the 2026 World Cup, knowing it will face tough competition from the United States.

Mexico federation president Justino Compean said, at the least, he wants the event in CONCACAF, the region of North and Central America and the Caribbean.

''It's going to be a fight,'' Compean said. ''I don't know if Mexico has the capacity to battle it out, although it's still 14 years away.''

He said even if the United States wins the bid, Mexico will benefit.

''It will be a tough fight, but assuming the United States wins, we would also win because we are very close geographically, and there are millions of Mexicans there. This means we would be like the home team. Besides, it also means we would not have to face the United States in qualifying.''

"Mexico was a great host in '70 and '86, so we are indeed going to fight (for the right)," Compean said. "We want to have a World Cup (again). There will be a strong competition with the United States. Mexico's football infrastructure keeps growing, and that World Cup can be feasible for Mexico.

"FIFA is always more demanding with all the structures that are needed. The great competitor (for 2026) is the United States, which has great resources, great stadiums, triple the population we have and all that counts."

Compean has said Mexico is bidding for the 2017 Under-20 World Cup.

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