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Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco plan joint bid to host 2030 World Cup

The United States, Mexico and Canada earned a 134-65 vote win over Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
Despite having Spain and Portugal in their group, Ed Dove highlights some of the key reasons Morocco could surprise a few people at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Algeria and Tunisia are consider joining Morocco in a joint North African bid to host the 2030 World Cup, government officials have said.

Last month, Morocco missed out to a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada in the vote for the 2026 finals and signalled their intention to try again despite having bid unsuccessfully five times.

"Algeria will study a possible candidacy of the Maghreb countries for the organisation of the World Cup," Algeria sports minister Mohamed Hattab told reporters.

"An application from the Maghreb with Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia can be achieved through existing infrastructure as well as future projects.

"When we look at our cities, with the sporting and cultural facilities present, we are able to consider that we can host major world events."

Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay last year launched a South American bid to host the 2030 tournament, seeking to mark the centenary of the first World Cup, hosted by Uruguay in 1930.

There have also been hints about a British bid, with the Football Association holding talks last month with the other home nations about the possibility of joining forces, according to reports.

Morocco and Tunisia played at the World Cup in Russia but were eliminated at the group stage, while Algeria reached the second round in Brazil four years ago.

A FIFA vote to decide the 2030 hosts is not expected before 2022, when the World Cup is being played in Qatar.

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