Blatter: Why Morocco should host 2026 World Cup

Blatter: Why Morocco should host 2026 World Cup
Sepp Blatter

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Mar 11, 2018. 12:30

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has backed Morocco's bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The 82-year-old stated that he was backing the African nation because of the logistical challenges thrown up by the joint bid from Canada/Mexico/United States.

According to BBC, Blatter told reporters this week that joint bids are a "nightmare".

"If Morocco is able to organise this World Cup with 48 teams, then it must be chosen," he said.

"After the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, we (concluded) that co-organisation was a nightmare," he added.

"We decided that as long as we had a single nomination, it would be privileged."

There has never been a co-hosted World Cup since, with Germany, South Africa and Brazil all staging by themselves in 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectively.

Under the proposed plans of the triple bid, the United States would host 60 of the 80 matches, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each.

The United States would stage all knock-out games from the quarter-finals onwards.

It is said that Morocco and the United States/Canada/Mexico must submit their 2026 World Cup bid books by 16 March.

The 2026 finals are expected to be the first to feature 48 teams, 16 more than the tally that will contest both this year's tournament in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar.

Morocco are making a fifth bid to host the World Cup, having failed to land the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

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