Rabat - Former legendary football star Lothar Matthaus has joined the list of former international football stars supporting Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.
Rabat – Former legendary football star Lothar Matthaus has joined the list of former international football stars supporting Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.
A statement from the Moroccan bid committee said, “Morocco 2026 is pleased to welcome the iconic Lothar Matthaus, former captain of the German national team and winner of the FIFA World Cup in 1990, as its ambassador.”
The statement added that the star of the football world is pleased to be “promoting the human, inclusive and responsible candidacy” of Morocco.
The football star shared a video in his Twitter, expressing his support for the Moroccan bid.
“I support Morocco’s bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup because I am convinced that Morocco, with its innovative and compact concept, will provide impeccable conditions for players, supporters, and all football lovers. Morocco is truly a land of football,” said the star.
“Je suis convaincu que le #Maroc, avec son concept novateur et compact, va offrir des conditions impeccables aux joueurs, aux supporters et à tous les amoureux du football”. Lothar Matthäus, vainqueur de la #CoupeDuMonde 1990 avec la @DFB_Team, soutient #Maroc2026 pic.twitter.com/RgpTzdf9bk
— Morocco 2026 (@Morocco2026_FR) May 18, 2018
Before Matthaus, Brazilian retired professional footballer Roberto Carlos expressed support for the Moroccan bid. The list of other ambassadors includes Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, and El Hadji Diouf campaigning for Morocco’s bid.
FIFA will publish its task force assessment, which will decide if Morocco’s bid meets the criteria to host the 23rd World Cup, on May 29. The assessment reveal comes 15 days prior to the final vote, when 211 football federations will cast their ballots for their favorite bids on June 13 during the 68th FIFA Congress.
To date, Morocco’s bid has collected the support of many countries, including France, Luxembourg, Russia, Belgium, Saint Lucia, Qatar, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Nigeria.