Spain and Portugal have announced their bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, leaving Morocco out of the equation for now, reports Morocco World News.
“After holding several meetings, the football federations of Spain and Portugal can confirm that they are set to begin an in-depth analysis of the possibility of presenting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said in a statement.
RFEF tweeted this morning that both the Spanish and the Portuguese government will play a role in the bid for the World Cup.
Morocco has long been included in the talks of a possible bid alongside Spain and Portugal.
The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, in his visit to Morocco in November 2018, proposed a trio-bid between Morocco, Spain, and Portugal for the 2030 World Cup bid.
However, the idea was not welcomed by the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin, who said that he will not support an inter-continent bid to host the World Cup.
Great Britain and a coalition of South American countries (Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile) are also in the race to win the bid to host the tournament in 2030.
The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) will announce the host of the 2030 World Cup in 2022.
After losing to the North American World Cup bid for 2026 following a fierce campaign, Morocco announced its decision to bid again for the 2030 World Cup.
It remains to be seen whether the African country will bid alone or join the Portuguese-Spanish bid.