The 2026 tournament will be held in United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat that of Morocco on Wednesday.
The World Cup has received special attention this year in the kingdom as its team will play for the first time since 2006. It beat competition from Morocco by securing 134 votes (including 11 from Africa) compared to 65 for the North African nation. The tournament has been jointly hosted only once before, by Japan and Korea in 2002. And, referencing track one, side one of that very LP, "you don't know how lucky you are boys*' ..." Football today is the only victor.
Against a chorus of critics who are accusing him of "selling his soul" to Vladimir Putin, British pop star Robbie Williams will perform at the opening ceremony for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Morocco has largely avoided competing with the North Americans in a dash for cash.
Putin was the surprise guest of honour at FIFA's annual gathering on the eve of the World Cup, and was welcomed on stage by Gianni Infantino, the governing body's president.
Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.
Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".
An FA spokesperson said: "We congratulate the USA, Canada and Mexico on winning the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup".
Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process.