I like it because it opens up the competition for more national team diversity, but I can understand the greed concept as well for FIFA.
Russia winning 5-0 against Saudi Arabia is interesting. Not so much that Russia is good because the group will still be difficult with Uruguay and Egypt, but because Saudi Arabia was so bad. I think it shows that maybe Russia could sneak into the knockout stage if the home crowd wills them on. I also think it shows that the AFC teams are going to really struggle in this tournament.
Spirited performance though by Egypt without Salah. Sad to see them give up the lead late though. A draw for them would have been huge.
El Marsh wrote:As for the 2026 World Cup, I'm pretty indifferent to it overall, even with my little burg apparently trying to put in a bid to host (it won't happen; it's not a "sexy" city).
Arrowhead Stadium is listed among the venues for 2026 unless I'm thinking this wrong. Cincinnati on the other hand isn't a "sexy city" either but they have one of the venues being the totally shit Paul Brown stadium. Yuck.