The race to host the 2030 World Cup is heating up, with a joint bid between Spain, Portugal and Morocco in the pipeline. The Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced the proposal during a visit to the Moroccan capital Rabat on Monday.
“We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents,” Sánchez told a news conference. “The King of Morocco is receptive, and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We’re very excited about it.”
Multiple joint bids have already been mooted to host the 2030 World Cup: a three-way centenary bid by Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay; a joint Balkan bid hosted by Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania; and a British Isles bid by England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the Republic of Ireland.
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. Spain last held the World Cup in 1982.