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Preparations For World Cup 2026 Has Already Begun

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The 2026 World Cup schedule has been announced. The big final match will happen in New York/New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, and the very first game will be played in Mexico City.

About 48 teams will battle it out in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. That’s right, 48 teams instead of the usual 32, which means even more nail-biting matches and exciting upsets to cheer about.

Remember Argentina’s epic win in 2022? Well, this time around, even more countries will have a shot at glory.

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Sixteen cities across all three countries will be buzzing with excitement as they host an assigned set of matches. In total, there will be 104 matches played. It’s the first time North America has hosted the World Cup since 1994.

The dates and times for the 2026 FIFA World Cup are also out. Notable stars like FIFA boss Gianni Infantino and Kevin Hart were there to reveal the exciting news.

Some teams, like those in South America, have already started their qualifying matches to see who gets to play in the big tournament. Mexico gets to kick things off in their home country, at the same stadium where Argentina won the championship way back in 1986! Talk about history!

Mexico isn’t the only one hosting matches, though. Their neighbours in Monterrey and Guadalajara are joining in, just like they did in 1986. Canada is also getting in on the action, with Toronto and Vancouver getting ready to welcome the world’s best football players. Toronto even gets the special honour of hosting Canada’s first-ever World Cup game on June 12, 2026.

The United States, one of the three host countries, will have the most stadiums hosting matches. Their journey starts on June 12th in Los Angeles. Remember, they made it to the round of 16 in 2022, but can they go further this time?

The 2026 World Cup gets underway on June 11, 2026, and runs until the 19th of July. The 48 teams will be split into 12 groups of four, with a round of 32 introduced ever. See below for more details.

Complete Schedule for the FIFA World Cup 2026

June 11–27: Group stage. Matches will be held in Vancouver. Toronto, Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Seattle, and San Francisco. Los Angeles, Houston. Dallas, Kansas City, and Atlanta. Miami, Boston, Philadelphia and New York/New Jersey

June 29–July 3: Round of 32. All host cities except Guadalajara and Philadelphia. Los Angeles and Dallas host two.

July 4–7: Round of 16, with matches in Vancouver, Seattle, Mexico City, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York/New Jersey.

July 9–11: Quarter-finals in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami, and Boston.

July 14–15: Semi-finals in Dallas and Atlanta, rounding out an all-US quarter and semis schedule.

July 18: Third-place play-off, held in Miami.

July 19: Final, held in New York/New Jersey, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

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How I Got Ed Sheeran To Feature On ‘Peru’ Remix – Fireboy

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Nigerian music star Fireboy DML recently shared a fascinating story about his hit collaboration with global music sensation Ed Sheeran on the remix of Fireboy’s 2021 chart-topping single, “Peru.”

In a recent interview with Billboard News, the 28-year-old singer revealed that the collaboration came about after a friend of Ed Sheeran’s introduced the song to the British superstar. Fireboy revealed that Ed Sheeran himself reached out to him, expressing his interest in the song after a friend shared it with him.

Fireboy further disclosed that prior to this remarkable collaboration, he had expressed his fervent desire for a “global hit” that would significantly transform his life path.

“I remember praying for a song that would breakthrough on a global scale, something that would truly change my life forever,” Fireboy said, reflecting on the period before the collaboration.

“At the time, ‘Essence’ was enjoying significant popularity, and this inspired me to aim for even greater achievements. I would like to contribute to my genre by having a song that cuts across the whole world and changes my life forever.” he added.

“God gave me ‘Peru’, so the song blew up, amazing record. You know when a song blows up and it becomes this annoying record you hear everywhere in Africa, in Nigeria, especially in Lagos.

“It needed something special so it came in the form of the collaboration with Ed Sheeran. I was in the studio that day I remember when I got the call from Mr Kareem, he works with my label and he was like, guess what? Ed Sheeran is going to be on your record.

“Check your DM, I think he has sent you a DM. He has recorded the verse, everything is ready and I was like, what? But apparently, Jamal Edwards sent the song to Ed Sheeran.

“So after I got the call, I checked my messages on Instagram, and he had sent me a DM together with a voice note, and when I listened to verse, I was like this verse is fire.”

And that is how the chart-topping Peru Remix came about.

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Adidas Set To Launch Bob Marley x Adidas Sneakers

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Sportswear giant Adidas is teaming up with the estate of the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley to release a special edition of their classic SL 72 running shoe. This exciting collaboration is expected to launch as part of Adidas’ Summer 2024 collection, according to information discovered by Complex magazine.

While Adidas has yet to officially confirm the release, whispers of the collaboration have been swirling. Zuri Marley, granddaughter of the reggae icon, even shared a glimpse of the sneakers on her TikTok account recently.

@zurimarley The Adidas Bob Marley SL72 is so sick ❤️💛💚 @Bob Marley: One Love @adidas #adidasoriginals #kaceymusgraves #bobmarley #onelove #threelittlebirds ♬ son original – tereva

The highly anticipated Bob Marley x Adidas SL 72 (identified by style code JP5171) features a sleek black upper adorned with vibrant green and wine-coloured accents on the sole. It proudly displays Bob Marley’s image and name on the tongue and sock liner, while his signature is elegantly embossed in gold on the heel. This unique design promises to be a must-have for fans of both the iconic musician and classic footwear.

Adidas has a rich history of incorporating Bob Marley’s iconic style into its designs. However, the upcoming SL 72 marks the first official sneaker collaboration between the brand and the reggae legend’s estate. Marley, a known fan of the brand, was often photographed wearing Adidas apparel and footwear, including the SL 72 model. Previous projects hinting at this connection include the 2008 Adidas Pro Model, released in partnership with Marley’s record label, Tuff Gong. Further collaborations have emerged alongside the recent resurgence of interest in Marley, sparked by the film “Bob Marley: One Love,” including Jamaica-themed Adidas projects and a dedicated Bob Marley collection by designer Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God Athletics line, produced in conjunction with Adidas.

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Bella Shmurda Opens Up On Being A Father Again In New Documentary

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Nigerian singer Bella Shmurda recently participated in a documentary by WeTalk Sound. In the documentary, Shmurda spoke candidly about how fatherhood has significantly impacted his life and music career.

He revealed that the birth of his son has motivated him to become a better person and pursue personal growth. Additionally, Shmurda shared his aspirations to build a lasting legacy—one that would make his child proud to have him as a father.

“I think fatherhood inspired me. What’s in my head is ‘Wetin’ this boy go see in the next 10 years?’ I don’t want him to see my old videos, I want him to see the new Bella who is still doing things. I don’t want him to hear ‘history’ like his daddy used to sing. I want to be the type of father that when he turns on the TV, he’d see and then say ‘That’s my daddy’, that’s what I want to be to my child. He’s an inspiration to me,” he said.

In July 2023, Bella Shmurda shared the joyful news of his son’s arrival on his official social media platform. The post, which included a heartfelt message and a photo of his newborn baby, was met with an outpouring of love and congratulations from fans, followers, and fellow celebrities.

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However, the announcement also revealed a painful experience Shmurda had endured in 2022. He shared that he had suffered the heartbreaking loss of a child, expressing the emotional toll it had taken on him.

He wrote,

“A few days to the drop of my album last year, I was an emotional and mental wreck. I’d just gotten to the UK where I was scheduled to do some promotional activities when I heard the news that I’d lost the child I was expecting at birth. I got the news that my little boy is here. I’m happy and blessed. What’s lost can never be replaced, but I have another chance, a new lease on life. A new purpose. I’m a new Daddy; DO NOT DISTURB.”

In November 2023, Bella Shmurda was eager to share more about his growing family. He took to his social media platform to post new pictures of his son. Two of the heartwarming photos showcased the adorable child, giving fans a glimpse into Shmurda’s life as a father.

This update followed the initial announcement of his son’s birth in July, which was accompanied by a heartfelt message and well-wishes from many.

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