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    Morocco Confirms its Bid to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

    12 Aug 2017

    Morocco’s candidacy to host the 2026 World Cup has officially been submitted, according to a report released by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

    The federation declared on Friday that Morocco had submitted the request application to the World Cup’s commission in charge of the organization in the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

    Today is the deadline for countries to express their intention to host the tournament.

    Morocco’s intention to host the competition was announced by King Mohammed VI in July, when he told attendants of the African Football Symposium that Morocco was ready to host major world events, including the World Cup.

    Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and senior official in Confederation of African Football (CAF), told BBC Sport in July that he was confident Morocco would submit an application to host 2026 World Cup before the August 11 deadline, and that CAF will fully support the country’s candidacy.

    Morocco is also seeking to become a football destination for important football events. In 2013 and 2014, the kingdom hosted the FIFA Club World Cup.

    This the fourth time Morocco submit its application to host the World Cup after 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010. In 1994, Morocco was the first African and Arab country to submit its bid to host the World Cup.

    During a press conference held in Marrakech in November 2016, president of FIFA Gianni Infantino said that Morocco can host the football World Cup thanks to its infrastructures and its organizational capacity.”

    The announcement of the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be announced in 2020.


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