Football: Spain and Portugal analyse joint bid for 2030 World Cup, no mention of Morocco

Spain and Portugal are to start an -depth analysis of whether to bid for the 2030 World Cup, they said on Saturday, making any mention of Morocco, who were previously also said to be involved.

“After holding several meetings, the football federations of Spain and Portugal can confirm that they are set to begin an -depth analysis of the possibility of presenting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,

“Both federations would like to take this opportunity to state that the governments of both countries been properly informed about this process, given that they will a key part to play its development,” the country’ federations said a joint .

Spain’ acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a visit to Morocco year that he had suggested a three-way bid with the North African nation to stage the 48-team event.

The three federations could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Spain, the 2010 world champions, hosted the 1982 World Cup and launched a failed bid along with Portugal to stage the 2018 tournament, which was awarded to Russia.

Portugal has never hosted the World Cup but held the 2004 European Championship.

Morocco has made five failed bids to host the tournament, most recently for 2026,  which was awarded to United States, Mexico and Canada.

Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay announced they will make a four-way bid which could sentimental value as Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

England is carrying out a feasibility study along with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, while Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania are also planning a joint bid.(Reuters/NAN)