Rabat – Spain and Morocco have only two options now as Portugal is allegedly not interested in a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup hosting rights.
Portuguese sports news outlet A Bola reported that hosting a World Cup in 2030 is not part of the country’s plan.
Spain and Morocco could now try their chances through solo applications or associate together to clinch the hosting rights for the World Cup.
Spain and Morocco allegedly had hoped to present a trio bid with Portugal for the 2030 World Cup as FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that he prefers joint bids in July.
Spanish outlet Cadena Se reported that Spain is planning to bid to host the tournament, but it remains to be seen whether Spaniards prefer a joint bid or a solo bid.
According to Spanish news outlet AS, a joint bid with Morocco and Portugal is the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s preference.
Moroccan media reported in August that Morocco asked Spain and Portugal to organize the tournament together.
Royal Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales told EFE in August that there would be more cooperation between Morocco and Spain in terms of sporting events as Tangier hosted the Spanish Super Cup on August 12.
The remark opened doors for speculation that both countries were preparing to announce a joint bid to host 2030 World Cup.
On September 12, Infantino met Rubiales and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to discuss Spain’s willingness to host the 2028 European Championship. There are also speculations that the officials discussed a potential Spanish bid for the World Cup.
While Royal Moroccan Football Federation President Fouzi Lekjaa said that the country has not decided yet on a joint bid, Algeria and Tunisia welcomed the idea of a joint Maghreb bid.
“With the sports infrastructure that was built, Algeria is ready to study a possible joint bid with Morocco and Tunisia for the organization of the World Cup,” Algerian Minister of Youth and Sports Mohamed Hattab said in July.