The Las Rozas headquarters of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) was the place chosen for the meeting that took place between Pedro Rocha, president of the RFEF, Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fernando Gomes, president of the Portuguese Football Federation, and Karima Benyaich, Moroccan ambassador in Madrid, in order to start preparing the details of the joint candidacy of the three countries to organise the 2030 World Cup.
Pedro Rocha received in Las Rozas, Madrid, Fouzi Lekjaa, Karima Benyaich and Fernando Gomes to discuss the current status of the joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup. In this way, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation was informed of the details of the current status of the bid in the first meeting in which this organisation took part, in this case through the representation of its president and the Moroccan ambassador in Madrid.
During the first meeting held to prepare the Iberian-Moroccan bid to host the 2030 World Cup, the Moroccan Football Federation learned "the details of the current status of the bid in the first meeting in which it participates, very involved with the project to continue building an excellent and winning proposal", as announced by the RFEF.
In addition to making known the latest elements of the Spanish, Moroccan and Portuguese bidding process, it was agreed that the next working meeting will take place in Rabat, the capital of the North African country, on 4 October, with the presence of the three federation presidents.
The triple bid to host the 2030 World Cup is expected to be successful as it is one of the most attractive bids to host the World Cup, with the two Iberian countries with a great football tradition and Morocco, which achieved great success at the World Cup in Qatar, where the Moroccan team reached the semi-finals of the tournament, the first time an Arab and African team had achieved this feat. FIFA will announce the host of the 2030 World Cup in December 2024 and expectations are high.
The president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, said they are "aware of the great responsibility" of the three federations. "We are facing a historic opportunity. We are going to join our best efforts to a great team of professionals who are working very hard to achieve the objective. It is an honour for us to be part of such a strong and important bid," said Lekjaa, according to Moroccan media such as Rue 20.
Morocco will play an important role in shaping the bid for the 2030 World Cup, which brings together two continents with a passion for football, Europe and Africa, and a common passion for football.