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Spain and Portugal sign joint deal for a 2030 World Cup bid, without Morocco

luis Rubiales, head of the Spanish football federation and his Moroccan counterpart Fouzi Lekjaa. / DR
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Spain and Portugal signed, Wednesday, a cooperation deal to submit a bid to host the 2030 World Cup, without Morocco.

On the sidelines of a friendly match between the two countries, the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales, and the president of the Portuguese Football Federation Fernando Gomes signed said agreement.

«Few things can generate more enthusiasm than the opportunity to host a world cup and there is no better partner than Portugal. We will walk hand in hand with the Portuguese federation», said Luis Manuel Rubiales, President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

The agreement comes after Morocco has tried several times to join the two countries in submitting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Visiting Morocco in 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez suggested that the two countries and the Kingdom must consider a joint-bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Morocco had failed five times to host the competition. In 2018, the dream of hosting the 2026 World Cup was taken away from the North African country by a North-American bid, submitted by the US, Canada and Mexico.

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