Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has commented on Spain’s joint bid proposal to host the 2030 World Cup with Morocco and Portugal.
Rabat – In an interview with Spanish news outlet EFE, the Portuguese official said that he has not received any official proposal from Spain regarding the trio bid.
During his visit to Morocco this week, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez proposed a trio bid with Morocco, Spain, and Portugal for the 2030 World Cup.
Sanchez said that King Mohammed VI and Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani were receptive to the idea.
Costa said that the proposal is “an uncertain idea that has never been officially put to us, and when it is we naturally have to study it.”
He added that a trio World Cup bid would be beneficial but also “expensive.”
The Portuguese official said that if Portugal receives the proposal, the Portuguese Football Federation will evaluate it within the framework of FIFA.
He noted that the proposal also needs to be discussed between political parties in his country.
Costa acknowledged that ties between Portugal, Spain, and Morocco have “huge strategic importance” and “great potential” to boost dialogue between Europe and Africa, “one of the great challenges of this century.”
In his press conference in Rabat yesterday, Sanchez said: “We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We are very excited about it.”
In September, Portuguese sports news outlet A Bola reported that hosting a World Cup in 2030 is not part of Portugal’s agenda.
It remains to be seen whether Portugal and Morocco will join Spain for a joint bid to compete for the rights to host the massive tournament in 2030. Morocco competed to host the 2026 World Cup but lost to the North American trio bid in June.