Morocco Now Has Balkan Competitors for 2030 World Cup Bid

Rabat- The AP reported Friday that four Balkan countries have announced that they will make a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.The heads of state from Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, and Serbia made the announcement at a regional meeting on the Black Sea.Morocco announced it would submit another bid to host the World Cup immediately after the North African country lost its chance to host the 2026 World Cup to a North American joint bid in June. Moroccan officials have not yet revealed whether the country will submit a joint bid or another solo bid.Speculations ran wild this summer about a potential joint bid between Morocco, Spain, and Portugal.In September, however, Portuguese news outlet A Bola reported that Portugal is not planning to bid for the World Cup with Spain.“Morocco will bid to host the World Cup in 2030—there is no doubt about that. But we have not yet decided on the co-hosts. The decision will be politically discussed,” said Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) President Fouzi Lekjaa.After Morocco said it would bid to host the 2030 World Cup, Algeria and Tunisia expressed their interest in a joint Maghreb bid.A joint bid might increase Morocco’s chance to host the World Cup. FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the press after the end of the 2026 World Cup bidding process that he prefers joint bids.Several other countries have shown interest in bidding to host the global tournament, including England and a joint bid from South America: Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay.In August, Cameroonian presidential candidate Joshua Osih said that he would nominate his country along with two sub-Saharan African countries to jointly host the 2030 World Cup if he wins the presidential election.Osih, however,  was defeated by his competitor, incumbent Paul Biya, who was re-elected on October 22.