Moroccan, Portuguese and Spanish FA bosses meet to progress 2030 World Cup bid

By Paul Nicholson

September 18 – The Spain, Portugal, and Morocco joint bid for the 2030 World Cup took another step forward over the weekend with the acting president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Pedro Rocha, hosting a meeting with his Portuguese and Moroccan counterparts.

With the Spanish federation having hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the behaviour of former president Luis Rubiales at the presentation ceremony of the Women’s World Cup, the meeting at the Spanish FA headquarters in Madrid with Portugal’s Fernando Gomes and Morocco’s Fouzi Lekjaa gave the opportunity to demonstrate that the focus was very much on the joint bid.

On Friday Rocha was confirmed as leading a “transition process at the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) until the upcoming elections”.

The appointment was made by the Presidents of Autonomous and Territorial Federation and the Board of Directors/Management Committee of the RFEF.

“The RFEF aims to publicly demonstrate an absolute and genuine commitment to continue making necessary changes to restore the functioning of the organization. The institution is convinced that transformations are necessary and, therefore, they will be carried out as swiftly as possible, in a progressive manner,” said an RFEF statement.

Rocha wasted no time moving forward, hosting Gomes and Lekjaa the following day, and emphasising the groundbreaking inclusivity that the joint bid creates. It is the first time that countries from two confederations have bid jointly for a men’s World Cup.

“We walk and move forward hand in hand with a goal that moves and excites us. The FIFA World Cup 2030 project is stronger than ever with the integration of Morocco in our Project,” said Rocha (pictured centre).

Morocco have previously bid unsuccessfully for 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2026 World Cups. Their sixth bid is the first one with partners.

Lekjaa (pictured left), said: “We know the great responsibility…

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