Friday 01 March 2024

World Cup 2030: Success of Tripartite Bid Hinges on HM the King’s Personal Commitment and Vision (Moratinos)

Rabat – The High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, has paid tribute to HM King Mohammed VI for His willingness and commitment to ensure the success of the joint bid by Morocco, Spain, and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup.

“I would like to pay tribute to HM King Mohammed VI, whose personal commitment and vision have played a pivotal role in bringing the bid to fruition,” said the former head of Spanish diplomacy.

“The determination of HM the King is a key factor in the success of this tripartite bid,” stressed Moratinos in an interview published by Maroc Hebdo in its latest issue, expressing his impression of the way in which the three countries have managed this bid and Morocco’s commitment to making it a success.

He also assured that Morocco, like Spain and Portugal, will benefit from this global sporting event, whose effects will also be geopolitical and economic.

“Morocco can only hope for positive outcomes at all levels,” he noted, expressing his conviction that the organisation of this World Cup will enable the Kingdom to develop further, particularly through the upgraded infrastructure, anticipated financial benefits, and the revitalization of the tourism sector, among other aspects.

Noting that the Morocco-Spain-Portugal bid opens the door to a new global dynamic in political, economic, sporting, and geopolitical terms, Moratinos pointed out that it will also enable the three host countries to undertake joint investments and projects, thereby helping to strengthen regional integration and ties between Africa and Europe.

“For decades, there has been discussion of joint infrastructure projects between Morocco and Spain. We’ve talked about the fixed link, but now football has allowed us to expedite this kind of project and consideration,” he explained.

The multicultural aspect will also be present at the 2030 World Cup, in the sense that this joint organization will be an opportunity for the peoples of the three countries to get to know each other better, he added, maintaining that this will be “an essential benefit of the event.”

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Co-hosting the 2030 Football World Cup is a concrete example of the excellent Moroccan-Spanish relations and the mutual determination to advance the bilateral Roadmap adopted in 2022, Spanish Government President Pedro Sánchez said in Rabat on Wednesday.

“Hosting the World Cup is undoubtedly an extraordinary challenge, but above all an opportunity to further strengthen the foundations of friendship between Morocco, Spain and Portugal,” he told a press conference held at the end of his working visit to the Kingdom.

This global sporting event will enable the organizing countries to “convey, to the whole world, a very positive message of collaboration, good organization and fraternity,” he pointed out.

In this respect, the Spanish top official underlined the importance of holding a forum bringing together Moroccan and Spanish companies, “to explore cooperation and investment opportunities with a view to bringing this exciting project to fruition,” particularly in terms of infrastructure.

“The 2030 World Cup will be the crowning achievement of the extraordinary collaboration and cooperation between our two countries,” further noted Sánchez, who is starting a new term at the head of the Spanish executive.

Football federations of Morocco, Portugal and Spain officially signed, on Wednesday, the bid agreement to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.The signing of the bid agreement is a commitment by the three football Federations to respect the rules and framework governing the bidding process, said the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) in a statement published on its website, noting that the document also offers guidance on key technical aspects of the bid, including its promotion and evaluation criteria.

“The Moroccan, Portuguese and Spanish football federations will now be working together more closely than ever to develop a bid that will enable the FIFA World Cup to exceed all expectations,” said the FRMF, adding that “in sharing their vision and outlook for the tournament last month, the Federations expressed their intention to deliver a tournament that strengthens the FIFA World Cup legacy, develops football and will have a significant impact worldwide”.With the 2030 FIFA World Cup marking the centenary of the tournament’s first edition, added the same source, “special efforts will be made to ensure that the latter serves as a model for the next 100 years”.”In particular, the host countries will be showcasing their unique cultures to foster collaboration between Europe, Africa and the rest of the world, while ensuring that the event is sustainable, friendly and inclusive for fans of all ages and backgrounds,” according to the same source.At the signing ceremony, president of the Portuguese football federation, Fernando Gomes, said that the signing of the bid agreement represented “a historic moment for our federations and for football in our three countries”.”Today, we celebrate all those who have made this moment possible, and from tomorrow, we work to develop a bid and tournament plan that will impress football fans around the world, and to hold a tournament that will be a unique new experience for all football fans worldwide,” he noted.For his part, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, stressed that “thanks to the vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, football in Morocco is developing like never before, from the grass roots right up to our national teams”.”

Joining forces with Portugal and Spain to create a FIFA World Cup that will be revolutionary and forever mark the history of world football. Together, we will make history. The first transcontinental men’s FIFA World Cup. The first to be organized in two continents and three countries. And only the second on the entire African continent.

Our impact can be phenomenal, because our 2030 World Cup will be a footballing event that will mark a new turning point,” stressed Lekjaa.President of the Royal Spanish football federation, Pedro Rocha, said: “We are very grateful for the confidence FIFA has shown in our vision so far (…) and we look forward to working together in the coming months”.”We are aware of the considerable responsibility that comes with hosting a football World Cup, and we are already measuring its full significance. Three countries will host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, but its legacy will be felt everywhere,” he added.

The 2030 World Cup will be “the best in history”, Fernando Sanz, Director of International Business Development at the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), said.

“We are working with our Moroccan and Portuguese peers to organize the best edition of a World Cup of all time,” Fernando Sanz on Wednesday told Movistar channel.

“We are working in harmony to prepare all the details of a strong bid. We exchange visits and move the project forward,” he added.

 “There is permanent contact between the different joint bid committees”, the former Real Madrid player noted.

Football federations of Morocco, Portugal and Spain officially signed, on Wednesday, the bid agreement to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

The signing of the bid agreement is a commitment by the three football Federations to respect the rules and framework governing the bidding process, said the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) in a statement published on its website, noting that the document also offers guidance on key technical aspects of the bid, including its promotion and evaluation criteria.

The declaration of interest of the tripartite Morocco-Spain-Portugal bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup was submitted on Monday to FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

The document was handed over by the General Secretary of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Tarek Najem, to FIFA officials and the 2030 World Cup Bid Committee, the FRMF said in a statement.

The declaration of interest was initialled last Saturday in Salé by FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa, Portuguese Football Federation President Fernando Gomes and Royal Spanish Football Federation President Pedro Rocha.

On October 04, the FIFA Council unanimously selected the Morocco-Spain-Portugal bid as the sole candidate to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

Morocco’s selection to host the 2030 World Cup, alongside Spain and Portugal, is the result of the development of high-quality sports infrastructure in the Kingdom, according to Nasser Kamel, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

“The sports infrastructure available in Morocco and the recent development in various fields have significantly contributed to the success of the joint bid by Morocco, Spain, and Portugal for hosting the 2030 World Cup,” emphasized the UfM SG in an interview with MAP, on the sidelines of his participation in a businesswomen’s forum in Tunis.

Hosting this major sporting event in Morocco will provide the world with an opportunity to witness the advancements made by the country in various areas, he pointed out.

According to Kamel, Morocco has harnessed its strategic geographical location and human capital to better integrate its economy into the regional and international environment.

“All these assets have contributed to the success of Morocco’s bid,” he said, underscoring the significance of the first participation of an Arab-Mediterranean country in organizing this large-scale event.

The selection of Morocco as the host country for the World Cup follows the resounding success of the 2022 edition in Qatar, which demonstrates that Arab countries have the capability to host the world’s most significant competitions, he noted.

Regarding the status of women in Morocco, the UfM General Secretary emphasized HM the King’s leadership in empowering women and advancing their role in economic activity, while commending their pioneering role and active contribution to economic life.

As a result, Morocco was selected to benefit from the Flower project, financed by the UfM and aimed at empowering rural women. He highlighted the remarkable success of this project, particularly in supporting women affected by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Salé – Moroccan, Spanish and Portuguese football federations signed, Saturday at the Mohammed VI Football Complex in Salé, a declaration of intent for the joint organization of the 2030 Football World Cup.

Signed by Fouzi Lekjaa, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fernando Gomes, President of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and Pedro Rocha, President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), this declaration of intent constitutes one of the key stages of the bidding process to host the 2030 World Cup.

On this occasion, Lekjaa reiterated, on behalf of the national and international football family, his warm thanks to HM King Mohammed VI who surrounds sport in general and football in particular with His high solicitude.

“This is a single candidacy which brings together three countries and two continents. This World Cup will undoubtedly be an exception in the history of football, because it will allow us to reconnect with the civilizational heritage which brings together the three countries”, he said.

Morocco, Spain and Portugal will also have the opportunity to highlight a common past and future, he underlined, noting that the different components of the Moroccan people are mobilized behind HM the King, who was the first to announce, last March from Kigali, Morocco’s ambition to host the 2030 World Cup jointly with Spain and Portugal.

For his part, FPF president, Fernando Gomes, stressed that the three countries will have, between now and next June, the time necessary to prepare the official bid.

Stressing that his country has proposed three stages for this joint bid, he expressed his conviction that the 2030 World Cup will be “a benchmark in this area”.

“2030 will not only be a historic year, but a tripartite ambition which will determine the future of world football,” he highlighted. “We aim to organize an exceptional World Cup, the impact of which will be felt in the infrastructure of each country,” he pointed out.

As for the RFEF president, Pedro Rocha, he considered that this bid demonstrates “unity and solidarity” between the three nations.

“It is a unique opportunity for cooperation between three countries and two continents. The World Cup will generate a legacy for the entire planet,” he highlighted.

“We are committed to keeping all football fans informed of the latest developments in this matter,” he promised, expressing his deep gratitude to HM King Mohammed VI for the efforts that the Sovereign continues to deploy in view of football development.

The next step in the bid process for hosting the 2030 World Cup will be the submission by the three federations of bid agreements to FIFA by the end of next November.

The FIFA council, on October 4, unanimously agreed that the sole candidacy will be the combined bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain, which will host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.