Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup bid. No chance?

Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup bid
Fouzi Lekjaa (L), President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Moulay Hafid Elalamy (C), chairman of the Moroccan Committee bidding for the 2026 World Cup, and Moroccan Youth and Sport Minister Rachid Talbi Alami (2nd-R) give a press conference in Casablanca on January 23, 2018, presenting their country's pitch to host the 2026 competition. / AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Later this year the FIFA Congress will decide on who will host the 23rd FIFA World Cup. There are only two bids. One is a joint bid by the USA, Canada and Mexico. The other is the Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup bid. Surely there can only be one winner.

Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup bid

Horse and cart vs driverless cars.

The train from Tangiers down to Casablanca stops at Dar Gueddari. Outside there are no taxis instead a horse and cart is the only transport option. Parts of Morocco are a far cry from driverless cars in California. Further along, some youths throw stones at the train. Eventually, you reach Casablanca, assuming no breakdowns. There you hope to safely negotiate crossing the street. And even on the pavement, you have to dodge the motorcycles.

Soft power v snake charmers.

Admittedly there are some local developments. But its very hard to see this North African country competing against the marketing might of their North American opposition. Most would argue they have other priorities.

FIFA and Money

In media activities, Morocco has been reluctant to spell out exactly how they will provide the necessary infrastructure to stage an expanded FIFA World Cup. Recently involved in hosting the much lower-key CHAN tournament the auguries are not great. Though the hosts sometimes played in front of 50,000 fans the other matches were watched by a few thousand. Although tickets were often provided free.

Factors like time zone, future development, an undoubtedly fanatical football following (at least for the home country) and the benefit of some anti-USA feeling could sway some. But ultimately revenue generation and infrastructure will play a big part in the hosting decision. And then there can be only one victor.

Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup bid. No chance?

Morocco was the first country to publicly recognise the newly independent USA, just after their independence. They have a longstanding treaty of friendship since the 18th Century. But some of Morocco still feels like it is in that century. It is very hard to see them getting the vote to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup against the American marketing machine.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I am from Morocco and when I read your article I felt if you are talking about a subsaharan country with no history no present no future. When I talk to american friends and medias, who really know Morocco, which is not your case, people respect morocco and its history, infrastructure, traditions…
    You have all the right to express your opinion but you do not have the right to give false image and mislead people.

  2. Well, Just to show you that you are such a loser as a journalist, remember the date of June 13th, 2018 when Morocco will be officially nominated as the host country of 2026 World Cup. You are talking about a driveless car, I live in the US and I don’t remember a day where I saw one, or maybe you are welcomed to come see Tijuana in Mexico to see how safe it is, and don’t forget to spend some nights at the South Side of Chicago & ask for Driverless Car Taxi when you are there. I forgot to tell you, my friend, you know that in the US, they don’t have a high-speed train, the roads a full of potholes, and there is no such thing called public transportation because it is very outdated and it sucks.

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