Morocco Makes A Bid To Host The 2030 FIFA World Cup

Officials confirmed on Tuesday, March 14 that Morocco, Spain, and Portugal will form a three-way bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

Spain and Portugal had initially considered Ukraine as a potential partner for their 2030 bid, but Morocco has stepped in due to Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia.

In a letter read by the country’s minister of sport Chakib Benmoussa in Kigali, where soccer body FIFA holds its 73rd Congress on Thursday, March 16, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI stated that, the country has joined forces with Spain and Portugal to present a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2030.

Africa and Europe, the northern and southern Mediterranean, and the African, Arab, and Euro-Mediterranean worlds will come together in this joint bid, which is unprecedented in football history.

Morocco has attempted to host a number of World Cup finals, coming very close to hosting the 2010 event, which South Africa won.

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When they became the first African team to reach the semifinals of the tournament in Qatar the year before, they stunned the entire world by losing to France. Following Croatia, Morocco eventually came in fourth place.

The 2022 Club World Cup, which was held last month but was postponed due to the Qatar World Cup, was also held in the African nation.

Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, and Uruguay are the only South American nations that have made a confirmed joint bid for the finals in 2030. Uruguay hosted the first World Cup finals in 1930.

Meanwhile, the United States, Mexico, and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup, which will feature 48 teams competing in 104 matches.

On Tuesday March 14, FIFA approved a new format with eight best third-place teams and the top two teams moving on to the knockout round of 32.

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