A memorandum of understanding was signed this Saturday in Thessaloniki (north), between Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania with the aim of preparing a joint bid to organize the Euro 2028 and the 2030 World Cup. The agreement was initialed by Greek Deputy Sports Minister Giorgos Vasiliadis and Youth and Sports Ministers from the other three countries Vanja Udovicic (Serbia), Krasen Kralev (Bulgaria) and Constantin-Bogdan Matei (Romania).
Speaking at a ceremony on the occasion, Vasiliadis said the agreement aims to “show that we can be precursors, do things together and show that the Balkans are open to change. It is a great day for us and we are moving forward to fulfill our dream.”
Last November, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that the plan to present a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup is “a strategic message: to discuss between our four countries a joint bid for a major sporting event in the world over the next decade so that the Balkans are no longer seen as a region of tension, but of cooperation and friendship”.
Recall that during his last visit to the Kingdom, the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, formulated the idea of presenting a joint Morocco-Portugal-Spain bid to organize the 2030 World Cup.
Morocco was officially a candidate for the organization of the 2030 World Cup, the day after its defeat against the Canada-USA-Mexico trio to host the 2026 World Cup. The announcement was made by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi Alami.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he was in favor of a Portugal-Spain-Morocco bid, as it could help bring peoples and cultures closer together. Except that UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, re-elected as head of the European body, said that the candidatures must include countries from the same continent.