2026 FIFA World Cup would be 'African and almost European' if Morocco succeed in fifth bid attempt
Posted: 30 May 2018 Time: 00:00
A FIFA World Cup in Morocco would be 'almost a European' tournament, claimed the man who is leading the 2026 bid for a potential second African edition.
Canada, Mexico and the United States in a joint-bid are rivaling the North African country for the expanded 48-team competition, but Bid chief executive Hicham El Amrani feels they have a strong chance of securing the global showpiece.
In their fifth attempt to host the prestigious tournament, El Amrani explained the strenghts of their latest bid and the convenince for potential travellers from the European teams in participation.
"A Moroccan World Cup is not just an African World Cup," he told BBC Sport. "It would also be almost a European World Cup with the south of Spain just 14km (nine miles) away.
"We're just a few hours' flying distance from capital cities across Europe, and the European countries will provide a huge number of fans."
Morocco will know whether they are to be the second African nation to host the tournament when more than 200 of Fifa's member associations vote to decide the 2026 World Cup host on 13 June.