Why did Mexico host the 1986 World Cup?

Mexico hosted the 1986 FIFA World Cup. It was the second time in five editions of the competition that the North American nation had hosted the tournament, having previously done so in 1970 for the first time.

Colombia had originally been selected to host the competition by FIFA in June 1974. However, largely due to economic reasons, it was later decided that the South American nation was not able to host the tournament and officially resigned in 1982. Mexico was selected as the new host in May 1983 (beating the bids of Canada and the United States), and in the process became the first country to host the World Cup on more than one occasion.


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