Today, Saturday, at the Mohammed VI Football Center in Salé, the letter of intent was signed, which falls within the framework of the tripartite nomination of Morocco-Spain-Portugal to organize the 2030 FIFA World Cup finals.
This letter of intent, signed by Faouzi Lakjaa, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fernando Gomez, President of the Portuguese Football Federation, and Pedro Rocha, President of the Spanish Football Federation, constitutes one of the basic stages in the process of bidding to host the 2030 World Cup finals.
In a speech on the occasion, Lakjaa renewed, on behalf of the national and international football community, his sincere thanks to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, who has always surrounded sports in general, and football in particular, with his high patronage.
He added, “It is a matter of a single nomination that brings together three countries and two continents.” This World Cup will undoubtedly be an exception in the history of football, because it will enable the renewal of the covenant with the cultural heritage that brings together the three countries.”
He highlighted that the countries of Morocco, Spain and Portugal will also have the opportunity to highlight a common past and future, noting that the various components of the Moroccan people are mobilized behind His Majesty the King, who was the first to announce last March from Kigali, Morocco’s ambition to host the 2030 World Cup finals. Within a joint file with Spain and Portugal.
In this regard, the President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation expressed the ambition of the three countries to make the 24th edition of the World Cup “the best in history,” especially since it will coincide with the centenary of the FIFA World Cup.
According to Lakjaa, this letter of intent will be written in golden letters in the history of world football, pointing out that the 2030 World Cup will be an opportunity to prove, to the whole world, that football is a lever for development and a means of spreading cultural values.
Speaking about the distribution of matches for this World Cup, Lakjaa indicated that the final formula will be determined later by a joint agreement between the three countries, noting that “the most important thing for this joint file is that it relates to a single space that has the necessary stadiums to host World Cup matches.”
For his part, the President of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomez, confirmed that the three countries will have, between now and next June, the time necessary to prepare the official nomination file.
He pointed out that his country proposed three stadiums for this joint nomination, expressing his conviction that the 2030 World Cup will be “a reference in this field.”
He stressed that “2030 will not only be a historic year, but a triple ambition that will determine the future of world football,” adding, “We aspire to organize an exceptional World Cup, the impact of which will be tangible at the level of infrastructure in every country.”
According to Gomez, the FIFA decision “honors the history of football,” acknowledging, at the same time, that the task will not be easy, but the three countries have the necessary capabilities to rise to this challenge.
For his part, the President of the Spanish Football Federation, Pedro Rocha, considered that this candidacy file embodies “unity and solidarity” between the three nations, pointing out that the matter is related to “a unique opportunity for cooperation between three countries and two continents.” “The World Cup will create a legacy for the entire world.”
He added, “We are committed to informing all football fans of the latest developments in this file,” expressing his deep gratitude to His Majesty King Mohammed VI for the continuous efforts that His Majesty has been making to develop football.
The next stage in the process of the nomination file to organize the 2030 World Cup will be for the three federations to deposit nomination agreements with FIFA at the end of next November.
On October 4, the International Football Association Board decided to unanimously approve the bid of Morocco, Spain and Portugal as the sole candidacy to organize the 2030 World Cup.
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