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Morocco’s accession to the candidacy, a strategic decision

Morocco’s decision to submit a joint bid with Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup can be strategic and decisive in the elections scheduled for September 2024, say Iberian media.

King Mohammed VI announced on March 14 that Morocco had decided, with Spain and Portugal, to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup. According to various Spanish media, this choice makes this bid the big favorite to host this footballing high mass in seven years.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez had even expressed his joy for this decision, “because I think it puts the joint Spanish-Portuguese bid in an even better position to win this race“.

The same sources, including “Mundo Deportivo”, “El Pais” or even “El Confidencial” note that Morocco’s entry was interpreted as a gesture that could be decisive for the success of the candidacy, which initially included Ukraine. .

In particular, they point out that the association of countries for the organization of the World Cup is not unprecedented, since Canada, the United States and Mexico will jointly host the 2026 World Cup, given that 48 teams will participate. Japan also collaborated with South Korea to host the 2002 World Cup.

On the other hand, the Iberian dailies explain that the recent exclusion of Ukraine from the Iberian candidacy due to the interference of the government which suspended the president of its football federation, Andriy Pavelko, for alleged embezzlement , opened the door to Morocco. Even if the Spanish football federation, affirms for its part that the exit of Ukraine is independent of the adhesion of Morocco to the tripartite file.

These sources were particularly keen to recall the historic feat that the national team accomplished during the last World Cup in Qatar where it finished fourth and became the big surprise of the competition. With the impact that the Atlas Lions have had on the African world and the rest of the continents thanks to their historic performance in 2022, Morocco could be “ the determining key” elections to be held by FIFA in 2024.

It should be noted that Morocco committed to presenting a candidacy for 2030 four years ago, immediately after losing the vote for the organization of the Cup scheduled for 2026. It had been in negotiations for the Iberian candidacy for some time. , but had not formalized its membership following ” a turbulent period in relations between the Spanish and Moroccan governments“, until the announcement of the Sovereign made by the Minister of Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, on the occasion of the presentation of the Excellence Prize of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the year 2022 in Kigali, in Rwanda.

The Mediterranean trio will thus have to compete with the candidature presented by Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile, on the one hand, and that envisaged by Greece, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, on the other hand. For the Iberian media, the inclusion of Morocco further aims to deter Saudi Arabia from withdrawing from the race to host the 2030 World Cup and competing for the 2034 World Cup.

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