Arriving in Morocco this morning, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has proposed a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Morocco and Portugal.
Rabat – The major Spanish news outlet El Pais cited sources from the presidency, the Spanish prime minister’s office, who confirmed the news.
According to the source, Sanchez “has proposed this formula in Rabat to the Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani and King Mohammed VI.”
Morocco has favorably received the proposal, according to El Pais’ source.
Since June, international media speculated a possible World Cup bid between Spain, Morocco, and Portugal as FIFA chairman Gianni Infantino said that he prefers joint bids for the massive tournament.
Since August, Moroccan media reported that Morocco asked Spain and Portugal to form a trio to host the World Cup.
Officials from the three football federations have allegedly met to discuss a possible joint bid.
In September, however, Portuguese sports news outlet A Bola reported that hosting a World Cup in 2030 is not part of Portugal’s agenda.
In a press conference before the Spanish Super Cup final in Tangier on August 12 between Barcelona and Sevilla, Royal Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales told Spanish media that there would be more Spanish cooperation with Morocco’s football federation.
Several countries have shown an interest in bidding to host the global tournament, including England and a joint bid from South America: Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Morocco lost the chance to host the 2026 World Cup when the North American joint bid between the US, Canada, and Mexico clinched the rights to host the tournament in June.
After the defeat, Morocco immediately announced its intention to bid for the 2030 World Cup.
A joint bid between Spain, Portugal, and Morocco may increase the North African country’s chances to host the World Cup.
Most importantly, though, a successful Morocco-Spain-Portugal trio would be the first time that the World Cup would be hosted on two different continents.
El Othmani received Sanchez this morning in Rabat to discuss bilateral ties and Moroccan-Spanish partnership. The Spanish minister will also meet with other Moroccan officials for talks.