#ASEDEYHOT – MOROCCO 2026 WORLD CUP BID LOOKS DOOMED AS FIFA REGS RULE OUT EURO PARTNERS

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Any attempt by Morocco to link up with Spain and Portugal in a bid to stage the 2026 World Cup seems destined to fall foul of FIFA’s strict hosting regulations.

For several weeks, speculation has been rife that Morocco, which has failed four times to try and land the tournament, is preparing to launch a challenge to CONCACAF in partnership with the Iberian neighbours who themselves failed to land 2018.

Morocco failed in 1994, 1998, 2006, and 2010, losing out to the United States, France, Germany, and South Africa respectively.  No other nation has launched as many bids without ever gaining hosting rights and new African football leader Ahmad Ahmad says he  would back a Moroccan bid for what will be the first World Cup  to feature 48 teams.

Morocco’s hopes have been boosted, on paper at least, by FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s endorsement of multiple hosting. Infantino himself has stated that Morocco has the ‘infrastructure and organisational capacity’ to host the tournament.

But with whom? Under FIFA rules, the two previous host confederations – in this case Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 – are barred from bidding for 2026.

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Jeriah Udi

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