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By The Atlas Lions, Dec 18 2018 02:56PM


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FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit Morocco in January 2019 to take part in the session of a selection of FIFA Member federations in Marrakech.


During the symposium, Infantino will review the possible World Cup W bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.


Spain proposed the bid during the visit of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Morocco in November.


In a press conference with Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Sanchez said that the bid would unite the peoples from two continents. “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,” said Sanchez.


Morocco, however, has not officially decided whether it will submit a solo or a joint bid with the European countries.


According to Spanish sports news outlet AS, the FIFA committee will discuss the “so-called continental rotation law to boost the Ibero-Moroccan candidacy to [host] the 2030 World Cup.”


The committee will also discuss the expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in Qatar.Infantino already announced that he prefers joint bids for the World Cup after the North American United 2026 World Cup bid defeated Morocco’s bid in June.


While Spain is hoping for a joint bid with Morocco and its Iberian neighbor, Portugal said it has not received an official proposal from Spain.


Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio 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.”


A World Cup held on two different continents is also not a preference for the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin.


Earlier this month, Ceferin said he is not “in favor of cross-confederation bids.”


“Someone should say once to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak if they will be hosts of the Euros or the World Cup or not,” said UEFA president.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 3 2018 05:29PM

(Associated Press) DUBLIN — European soccer’s leadership is against Spain and Portugal combining with Morocco to bid for the 2030 World Cup.


UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who has previously praised plans for a British Isles tournament, said Monday he would not back a nation from another continent being involved in a European bid.


“I’m not in favor of cross-confederation bids,” Ceferin said.


Ceferin expressed irritation that politicians were involved in announcing bidding plans. Spain’s prime minister floated the possibility of bidding with Portugal and Morocco, while a political summit was used by leaders of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia to declare their intentions to enter a joint proposal.


“Someone should say once to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak if they will be hosts of the Euros or the World Cup or not,” Ceferin said. “I’ve seen many politicians saying we will be candidate for this and that ... for sports events they will have to speak to their national associations.”



The English Football Association is leading a feasibility study into a British Isles bid featuring Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. England is already hosting seven games, including the semifinals and final, at the continent-wide 2020 European Championship. England was confirmed Monday as the host of the Women’s European Championship in 2021.


“I will do whatever I can to have only one European bid for the World Cup,” Ceferin said, “because that raises the chances of Europe hosting the World Cup extremely.”


Europe just hosted the tournament in Russia, but the 2022 World Cup is in Qatar and the 2026 edition is in North America.


South America is looking to the centenary World Cup in 2030, with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay already announcing a joint proposal. But in a setback to the bid, CONMEBOL has been forced to move the twice-postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final from Buenos Aires to Madrid because it cannot find anywhere safe enough in South America.



“It tells you a lot that we can organize (soccer) in Europe without any problems,” Ceferin said.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 20 2018 12:11PM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese official says Spain has made no approach about the possibility of presenting a three-way bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Morocco.


Education Minister Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, who oversees sports, says he has “no formal knowledge of any official announcement about a three-way bid.”


He also says he believes FIFA does not allow joint bids from separate confederations — in this case, UEFA and the Confederation of African Football.


Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez supposedly conveyed the bid offer to Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani during a brief visit to the north African country.


Bids to host the 2030 World Cup are being considered by countries in South America and England.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 19 2018 05:38PM

(Reuters) - Spain and Portugal are considering a joint intercontinental bid with Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.


Sanchez was on a visit to the Moroccan capital of Rabat and met with Prime Minister Saadedin Al Othmani and King Mohamed to discuss the possibility of bidding for world soccer's global showpiece tournament.


"I made a proposal to the government (of Morocco) to organise a joint bid between Spain, Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup," Sanchez told a news conference.


"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're very excited about it."


Spain, the 2010 world champions, hosted the 1982 World Cup and launched a failed bid along with Portugal to stage the 2018 tournament which was awarded to Russia.


Portugal has never hosted the World Cup but held the 2004 European Championship in 2004 at which they lost in the final to Greece.


Morocco was unsuccessful in its campaign to stage the 2026 World Cup, which was awarded to a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.



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