Spain and Portugal welcome Morocco in joint bid to host FIFA World Cup final
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Portuguese Prime Minister expressed their satisfaction and support for the idea of organizing a joint World Cup with Morocco in 2030, stressing that they are “for the integration of the Kingdom into this plan.”
Sanchez said during a press conference that followed the Spanish-Portuguese summit in Lanzarote today Wednesday that the decision “places the joint candidacy in optimal conditions to win this race.”
And a Spanish government spokesman added: “We are celebrating this decision because it is a very positive signal,” noting that it “improves conditions so that we can win the organization” and added: “It helps to unite, not divide.”
In the same vein, António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, congratulated himself “that the three federations have come to an agreement” and added: “This candidacy from the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco has a very positive charge and sends a message to the world. We are not two distant continents and we do not want to be separated, on the contrary, we want to enjoy playing sports together. This is a very important decision.”
Costa believes that “this is the first time that two countries located in the Mediterranean Basin have put forward their candidacies in partnership with an African country; This can only help unite, not divide.”
And King Mohammed VI on Tuesday in Kigali announced the candidacy of Morocco, together with Spain and Portugal, to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
In a message on the occasion of the 2022 Award for Excellence from the Confederation of African Football, which was presented to His Majesty in the capital of Rwanda, the Sovereign said: “I announce to all of you that the Kingdom of Morocco has decided, together with Spain and Portugal, to present a joint candidacy for the organization the 2030 FIFA World Cup.”
In this message, which was read by the Minister of National Education, Primary Education and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, the King of the Kingdom stated that this joint candidacy, which is a precedent in the history of football, will bear the title of linking Africa and Europe, between the north and south of the Mediterranean, as well as between the African continent and the world, the Arab and Euro-Mediterranean space.