— Published 6 October 2023

Morocco aiming for the final

Not surprisingly, FIFA’s decision to award the 2030 World Cup to six countries – Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay – heralds some serious battles for power and influence between the host nations. Morocco was the first to show its ambitions by suggesting, through the voice of the president of its federation, that it could see itself hosting the final. No less. Faouzi Kekjaa told Moroccan radio station Radio Mars on Thursday October 5 that he would like to host the decisive match in Casablanca’s future stadium, a 93,000-seat venue to be built some 40km from the city. “We hope to experience an extraordinary final that will bring together the whole continent and the younger generations in a stadium in Casablanca that will be extraordinary and wonderful,” explained the Moroccan leader. In Argentina, FIFA’s decision was welcomed as excellent news. But the authorities already want more. The Minister of Sport, Matias Lammens, explained this the day after the announcement: “Of course we’re going to fight for more matches organized on our soil. Today, that’s our idea and our goal.