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By The Atlas Lions, Jun 8 2019 02:07PM

(Reuters) - Spain and Portugal are to start an in-depth analysis of whether to bid for the 2030 World Cup, they said on Saturday, without making any mention of Morocco who were previously also said to be involved.


“After holding several meetings, the football federations of Spain and Portugal can confirm that they are set to begin an in-depth analysis of the possibility of presenting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” the country’s federations said in a joint statement.


“Both federations would like to take this opportunity to state that the governments of both countries have been properly informed about this process, given that they will have a key part to play in its development.”


Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a visit to Morocco last year that he had suggested a three-way bid with the North African nation to stage the 48-team event.


The three federations could not immediately be reached for further comment.


Spain, the 2010 world champions, hosted the 1982 World Cup and launched a failed bid along with Portugal to stage the 2018 tournament which was awarded to Russia.


Portugal has never hosted the World Cup but held the 2004 European Championship.


Morocco has made five failed bids to host the tournament, most recently for 2026 which was awarded to United States, Mexico and Canada.


Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay have announced they will make a four-way bid which could have sentimental value as Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930.


England is carrying out a feasibility study along with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales while Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania are also planning a joint bid.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 3 2018 05:29PM

(Associated Press) DUBLIN — European soccer’s leadership is against Spain and Portugal combining with Morocco to bid for the 2030 World Cup.


UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who has previously praised plans for a British Isles tournament, said Monday he would not back a nation from another continent being involved in a European bid.


“I’m not in favor of cross-confederation bids,” Ceferin said.


Ceferin expressed irritation that politicians were involved in announcing bidding plans. Spain’s prime minister floated the possibility of bidding with Portugal and Morocco, while a political summit was used by leaders of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia to declare their intentions to enter a joint proposal.


“Someone should say once to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak if they will be hosts of the Euros or the World Cup or not,” Ceferin said. “I’ve seen many politicians saying we will be candidate for this and that ... for sports events they will have to speak to their national associations.”



The English Football Association is leading a feasibility study into a British Isles bid featuring Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. England is already hosting seven games, including the semifinals and final, at the continent-wide 2020 European Championship. England was confirmed Monday as the host of the Women’s European Championship in 2021.


“I will do whatever I can to have only one European bid for the World Cup,” Ceferin said, “because that raises the chances of Europe hosting the World Cup extremely.”


Europe just hosted the tournament in Russia, but the 2022 World Cup is in Qatar and the 2026 edition is in North America.


South America is looking to the centenary World Cup in 2030, with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay already announcing a joint proposal. But in a setback to the bid, CONMEBOL has been forced to move the twice-postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final from Buenos Aires to Madrid because it cannot find anywhere safe enough in South America.



“It tells you a lot that we can organize (soccer) in Europe without any problems,” Ceferin said.

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