Morocco will co-host Worldcup 2023 with Spain & Portugal
FIFA made a surprise announcement on the afternoon of 4 October 2023 about which countries will host the 2030 World Cup. Gianni Infantino first announced the name of Morocco, along with Spain and Portugal. With a year’s notice, European football’s governing body solved a major problem and left everyone happy.
A statement from Morocco’s Royal Palace has confirmed the news, quoting King Mohammed VI as celebrating and expressing gratitude to the cooperation of Spanish and Portuguese footballing authorities in making this historic step possible for Moroccan football.
Morocco’s sporting future is bright on the horizon with the Africa Cup in 2025, the Arab Cup of Nations in 2029 and the World Cup in 2030. The Moroccan bid is for the 93,000-capacity Grand Stadium in Casablanca where up to seven matches could be played. Six more in Rabat, in the Prince Moulay Abdellah stadium with a capacity of 53,000 spectators. Tangier will host five matches in the 68,000-seater Ibn Battouta stadium, Marrakech five matches in a 70,000-seater stadium, Agadir five matches, while Fez, with a 46,000-capacity football pitch, will host four matches in the round of 16 or quarter-finals.
However, a novelty of the 2030 World Cup will be that “the opening three matches of the tournament will be played in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay,” The Athletic reported.
“A South American bid had been put forward to host the entire tournament to mark the centenary of the very first World Cup and FIFA said on Wednesday that the decision to award Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay the opening games was part of the tournament’s 100th anniversary,” the report said.
“All six countries will qualify automatically for the tournament and it will be the first World Cup to be held across three continents.”
A historic World Cup for Morocco, which will see the fruits of the work it has put in with its national team at all levels. The fourth place in Qatar is an incentive to continue with the projection of its stars. (worldcup Qatar)
Six Moroccan Stadiums to Host World Cup 2030 Games
Rabat – Morocco will dedicate six stadiums to host matches in the 2030 World Cup, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa announced today.
“To date, we have identified six locations to host the 2030 World Cup, namely Rabat, Tangier, Marrakech, Agadir, Fez, in addition to the Grand Stadium of Casablanca, which will be built soon,” Lekjaa told radio station Mars.
The locations are also set to host matches in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2025.
The 2030 World Cup will be held on three continents: Europe, Africa and America.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced on Wednesday evening that the 2030 World Cup will be held in Morocco, Spain and Portugal, while the first three matches will be played in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay to commemorate the centenary of the competition, bearing in mind that the first match was held in 1930 in Montevideo.
“The FIFA Council unanimously approved the sole bid of Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the tournament in 2030, and all three qualified directly for the finals as hosts,” FIFA announced in an official statement.