Spain wants Morocco in on Iberian 2030 World Cup bid
Spain wants Morocco to join a three-way bid with Portugal to stage the Fifa World Cup in 2030, according to reports.
Pedro Sanchez, the Spain prime minister, is said to have made the suggestion while on a state visit to Rabat, Morocco, where he met with King Mohammed VI and prime minister Saadeddine Al Othmani.
Morocco has insisted it wants to bid again to stage the World Cup after missing out to USA-Canada-Mexico for the 2026 tournament back in June.
Sanchez met with Luis Rubiales, the president of the RFEF, the Spanish soccer federation, in September, where the government was asked to back a Spanish bid for either Euro 2028 or the 2030 World Cup.
At the time, the plan was only for Portugal to team up in the bid for the World Cup, which from 2026 will feature 48 teams, up from the 32 that competed in Russia this year, a tournament Spain and Portugal had bid jointly for.
The northern most point of Morocco is only 14 kilometres from the Spanish coast.
Spain, Portugal and Morocco all featured in the same group at Russia 2018.
The 2030 Fifa World Cup bid process is shaping up to be a competitive one, with the UK and Ireland undertaking a feasibility study over a joint bid, Argentina-Paraguay-Uruguay pursuing a three-way campaign and Chinese interest also mooted.
In addition, earlier this month Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia announced they were considering submitting ambitious joint bids to either the 2030 World Cup or Euro 2028.