FIFA World Cup: Spain, Portugal, Morocco eye joint pan-continental bid for 2030

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Spain, Portugal and Morocco are reportedly considering to make a bid to jointly host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, which if succeeds will also mark the first ever first pan-continental World Cup.

Morocco has failed in its five bids for to host a FIFA World Cup. The North African nation will now join forces with two European nations in an attempt to finally land football world’s biggest quadrennial event, Sportspro media has reported quoting Moroccan news outlet Al Yaoum 24.

The soccer associations have apparently been preparing what would represent the first bid comprised of parties from two continents – albeit separated by just 14 kilometres of the Strait of Gibraltar – over the last few months and the agreement has already been drafted. Reportedly, the pact will be officially announced in the coming weeks. The three nations have decided to inform FIFA once their plans are finalised.

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The 2030 FIFA World Cup is expected to attract many strong bids. Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay have also revealed plans to jointly host the event to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. In England, the Football Association has also signalled its interest in a 2030 bid.

The Al Yaoum report suggests Moroco has chosen to form a trio with the Iberian countries over its North African neighbours, Algeria and Tunisia, in a politically more straightforward move given the tensions between Rabat and Algiers.

“Morocco will bid to host the World Cup in 2030—there is no doubt about that. But we have not yet decided on the co-hosts. The decision will be politically discussed,” said Fouzi Lekjaa, the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) when asked whether Morocco would definitely bid in a trio with Algeria and Tunisia.

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