Europe's leagues oppose Federation Internationale de Football Association plans

Vladimir Putin with Gianni Infantino

FIFA President announces ambitious 'mini World-Cup' plan in place of the Confederations Cup

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

Europe's top leagues are "firmly opposed" to plans by world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association to introduce a global Nations League and expand the Club World Cup.

What impact Trump's support has for the hopes of the USA, Mexico and Canada World Cup bid remains to be seen.

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"We will be watching very closely, and any help they could give us in that bid we would appreciate". He also asked why they should be supporting countries when those countries don't support them, including at the UN.

Morocco is one of two bidders for the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA responded to the Tweet nearly immediately and released the following statement seeming to remind Trump about the rules regarding political involvement in soccer associations.

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

On September 9 a year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino kicked off the first phase of the tour, which saw the trophy visit 16 Russian cities before it moved on to its global tour in January. The US hosted the tournament 24 years ago. "Africa hosted the best FIFA World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa", said the SAFA president.

It also wants to introduce a new global Nations League based on the format of Uefa's Nations League, which commences after the World Cup later this year.

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The cumulative US$75 million for a European victor would dwarf the US$35 million received by Germany for winning the 2014 World Cup and the US$38 million on offer for the victor of this summer's edition in Russian Federation. 16 more teams will compete in this tournament, adding more games and changing the group stage, which will have three teams.

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