Morocco’s joint bid, along with Spain and Portugal, to host the 2030 world cup just got a shot in the arm by the UEFA president, according to AP.
Once an opponent of bidding for the 2030 World Cup with another continent, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin gave public support on April 5th to Morocco joining the European candidacy.
“I think it’s a good idea,” Ceferin said at a news conference in Lisbon after the UEFA Congress. “It makes sense to join with Morocco. Morocco is very, very close to Spain and to Portugal.”
The long-planned Spain-Portugal bid brought Ukraine on board last October. It was joined last month by Morocco, which is enjoying new status in soccer after eliminating Spain and Portugal on a stunning run to the 2022 World Cup semifinals in Qatar.
In 2018, Morocco was the losing bidder in the 2026 World Cup contest — won by the United States, Canada and Mexico — and immediately committed to trying again for the next edition. Morocco’s impressive performance in the most recent world cup in Qatar has driven it up the ranks as a host country contender.