Morocco joins Portugal and Spain in candidacy to host the 2030 World Cup – News of Brazil
Morocco is set to join Spain and Portugal in a bid to host the 2030 FIFA Men’s World Cup, seemingly replacing Ukraine in a three-way alliance with the two European nations.
Ukraine said it would join Spain and Portugal in a joint bid last October, but Morocco’s announcement suggests it will no longer be part of the process.
Morocco’s sports minister, Chakib Benmoussa, revealed details of the North African country’s candidacy on Tuesday (14), citing a letter from Moroccan King Mohammed VI.
“I would like to announce that the Kingdom of Morocco has decided, together with Spain and Portugal, to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup”he read in the letter, according to Reuters.
Speaking at the Confederation of Excellence Awards from the President of the Confederation of African Football in Kigali, Rwanda, Benmoussa called the offer “unprecedented in football history”.
“It will bring together Africa and Europe, the north and south of the Mediterranean, and the African, Arab and Euro-Mediterranean worlds”he said. “It will also bring out the best in all of us – indeed, a combination of genius, creativity, experience and means.”
The new alliance adds another transcontinental bid to the process, along with a three-way deal between Greece, Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a separate joint bid from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.
Countries joining together to host the World Cup is not unheard of, with Canada, America and Mexico co-hosting the World Cup in 2026. Japan also collaborated with South Korea in staging the 2002 chapter.
Morocco’s announcement comes on the heels of their historic performance at the 2022 World Cup.
The Atlas Lions, Morocco’s national team nickname, defeated Spain and Portugal in the knockout stages in Qatar on their way to becoming the first African and Arab country to reach a World Cup semi-final.
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