Spain and Portugal are now joined by Morocco, with the North African country calling the collaboration “unprecedented in football history”
Ukraine’s national football squad posing for a team photo. © AFP / Radoslaw Jozwiak
Morocco has announced that it’s joining Spain and Portugal’s bid to stage the 2030 FIFA World Cup, apparently replacing Ukraine in the trio of potential hosts.
Madrid and Lisbon filed their joint candidacy in 2021, and last October added Kiev to their bid, saying they wanted to “give hope” to the Ukrainians amid the conflict with Russia. Back then, Portuguese Football Federation chief Fernando Gomes explained that the gesture was a way to “contribute through the power of football to the recovery of a country undergoing reconstruction.”
However, on Wednesday, Morocco’s Sports Minister Chakib Benmoussa read out a message from Moroccan King Mohammed VI in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, where FIFA is hosting its 73rd congress.
“The Kingdom of Morocco has decided, together with Spain and Portugal, to present a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” the message read.
“This joint bid, which is unprecedented in football history, will bring together Africa and Europe, the northern and southern Mediterranean, and the African, Arab and Euro-Mediterranean worlds,” the king said.