Morocco to bid for 2030 World Cup after losing 2026 bid

Posted June 15, 2018

It's why Uruguay and Argentina seem to be accepting of Paraguay glomming onto the bid to host the 2030 tournament, which will be the centennial of the first World Cup.

The 24-team women's World Cup, staged in six stadiums across the country, and Toronto's Pan American/Parapan Am Games that drew over 6,000 athletes from 41 countries, were held within weeks of each other in 2015.

Where Morocco needed to spend billions of dollars building or renovating all 14 proposed stadiums, North America could host the World Cup nearly immediately if needed. Scotland and Wales are obvious junior partners in a set-up that could mirror the 60-10-10 split of games to host picked by the North Americans.

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"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2026".

Previous hosts had been decided by the FIFA Executive committee, now known as the FIFA Council.

"Technically speaking, it's understandable that the USA bid capacity surpasses Morocco's", said Omar Chrayabi, a Moroccan sports journalist.

Federation Internationale de Football Association now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament.

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The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.

It was a far more provocative tweet by Trump in April in which the president's veiled threats of geo-political repercussions against countries that opposed the American effort were seen to put the entire bid in danger.

The midfielder set a new record four years ago for Most FIFA World Cup finals as captain (Brazil 2014 was his fourth tournament as Mexico's skipper) and he could well lead his country at a fifth World Cup having been included in their squad. "The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal".

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