Argentine Ref To Officiate World Cup Opening Game

FIFA President Gianni Infantino right welcomes representatives of the united bid — from the U.S. Canada and Mexico — as soccer's governing body selects its host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow Russia

At the end of its technical meeting ahead of the World Cup finals which gets underway this week in Russia, FIFA announced that changes will be made to the way that the world rankings of global teams are calculated, switching to a method that add or subtracts points from a country's total rather than averaging them over a multi-year period.

The last time Federation Internationale de Football Association voted on World Cup hosting rights was in 2010 with the decision resting with the old executive committee and they chose Russia to host the 2018 tournament and Qatar for 2022.

With the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system making its World Cup debut, Italy's Massimiliano Irrati is the designated VAR official in Moscow. However, the spending tally provided by Russia's World Cup organizers falls short of the amount spent by Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup. Pitana is one of South America's most experienced referees.

Canada has never hosted the World Cup but staged the Olympic Games in 1976, the U17 World Cup in 1987, the U20 World Cup in 2007 and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.The 2022 FIFA World Cup finals will take place in Qatar.

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"Pitana returned to Brazil in 2016 for the Olympic Football Tournament where he was the man in the middle for the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria".

However, any positive impact on the Russian economy from the World Cup is likely to be short-lived, according to credit rating agency Moody's, which analyzes the event's influence every four years.

Nigeria football pundits were amazed last November when Eagles dropped in ranking even after securing a massive win over Argentina in an worldwide friendly in Russian Federation.

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