The International Football Federation (FIFA) has unanimously awarded the 1986 World Cup soccer finals to Mexico.
GV & SV FIFA president Dr Joao Havelange speaking (FRENCH SOT)
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Background: The International Football Federation (FIFA) has unanimously awarded the 1986 World Cup soccer finals to Mexico. FIFA president Dr. Joao Havelange announced the decision at a news conference in Stockholm moments after the Federation's executive committee finished meeting. Mexico, which staged the 1970 finals, is the first country to be awarded them a second time. FIFA's choice caused little surprise despite strong lobbying for the United States by Dr. Henry Kissinger. Mexico's selection was virtually assured on March 31 when a special FIFA sub-committee examined three candidates, announcing that Mexico was the only country to meet all requirements. The other two candidates were Canada and the United States. Their applications were submitted after Colombia, the original host country, withdrew last October for financial reasons.