The joint bid on the shores of the Mediterranean could be a first: the World Cup has never been organized on two continents at the same time.
The World Cup back on the Mediterranean shores, and straddling two continents? Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez proposed in Morocco a joint candidacy Morocco / Spain / Portugal to organize the football World Cup 2030. For the “World Centennial”, this candidacy will rub shoulders with that of Uruguay, organizer of the first World Cup in 1930, which associates for its part his project for 2030 to Argentina and Paraguay.
“This will be the first time there will be a candidacy between two continents, between Europe and Africa (…) King Mohammed VI welcomed this proposal,” said the head of the Spanish government, after an audience in Rabat with the King of Morocco. “We are going to work with Portugal on the presentation of this hypothetical application which, I think, will be very competitive and we are very happy,” the Spanish head of the executive said.
Five times unfortunate candidate for the organization of the competition (in 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2026), Morocco hopes to become the second country on the continent, after South Africa in 2010, to host a World Cup. Last June, the day after his loss to the trio United States / Canada / Mexico for the organization of World 2026, Morocco announced to compete for the 2030 edition, without mentioning the possibility of a joint application. The kingdom sees the organization of a World Cup as a catalyst for development.
Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia are also considering a joint bid to organize the competition, along with the United Kingdom and Ireland. At the end of September, the North African Football Union (UNAF) had discussed the idea of a joint North African candidacy.