Morocco is set to join Spain and Portugal in a bid to have the FIFA 2030 Men’s Reality Cup, obviously supplanting Ukraine in a three-way union with the two European countries.
Morocco’s announcement suggests that it will no longer be a part of the process, despite Ukraine’s announcement in October that it would join forces with Spain and Portugal in a joint bid. CNN has contacted every one of the countries in question.
Morocco’s game clergyman Chakib Benmoussa revealed subtleties of the North African country’s offered Tuesday, refering to a letter from Morocco’s Top dog Mohammed VI.
According to Reuters, he read from the letter, “I would like to announce that the Kingdom of Morocco has decided, together with Spain and Portugal, to present a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2030.”
Benmoussa described the bid as “unprecedented in football history” when he spoke at the Confederation of African Football President’s Outstanding Achievement Awards in Kigali, Rwanda.
He stated that it will “bring together Africa and Europe, the northern and southern Mediterranean, and the worlds of Africa, the Arab world, and the Euro-Mediterranean.” It will likewise draw out the best in every last one of us – essentially a blend of virtuoso, imagination, experience and means.”
Along with a three-way agreement between Greece, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt and a separate joint bid from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile, the new alliance adds another transcontinental bid to the process.
It is not unheard of for nations to co-host the World Cup; in 2026, Canada, the United States, and Mexico will do so. South Korea and Japan also worked together to stage the 2002 chapter.
Morocco’s historic performance at the 2022 World Cup precedes the announcement.
Morocco’s national team, which goes by the nickname Atlas Lions, became the first African and first Arab nation to ever reach a World Cup semifinal when they defeated Spain and Portugal in the knockout rounds in Qatar.
The World Cup’s new 104 game format
In the meantime, the world governing body of soccer announced on Tuesday that the men’s tournament for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will consist of 12 groups of four teams.
To reduce “the risk of collusion and ensure that all the teams play a minimum of three matches, while providing balanced rest time between competing teams,” the FIFA Council unanimously approved the change to 12 groups of four rather than 16 groups of three.
The eight best third-place teams and the two best teams in each group will advance to the round of 32. The competition now has a record 104 matches, up from the originally planned 80.
The first edition of the men’s World Cup in 2026 will feature 48 teams and be held in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
The news on Tuesday comes at a time when more and more players are being asked to play more games at the highest level.
Following the 2022 World Cup, Manchester Joined safeguard Raphaël Varane resigned from global soccer refering to phenomenal responsibility requests.
The former France international stated to Canal+, “The very highest level is like a washing machine, you play all the time and you never stop.”
The 29-year-old proceeded: ” Our schedules are overloaded, and we play constantly. I currently have the impression that I am being suffocated and that the player is devouring the man.
64 players who took part in the 2022 World Cup expressed their thoughts on the increased workload in a recent FIFPRO report.
Over half (53%) said they had an injury or thought they were more likely to get an injury because of the busy schedule, and 44% said they were physically exhausted more than they would be in January during a normal season.