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FA to meet Moroccan and United bids as 2026 World Cup decision looms

U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro insists President Trump fully supports the North American joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
ICC organizer Charlie Stillitano suggests Morocco's late 2026 World Cup bid is no match for the North American joint bid.
U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati is confident that North America's infrastructure will support its World Cup joint bid.

The two bids for the 2026 World Cup will try to win England's vote on May 31 when they both make presentations to the Football Association board at its next meeting.

The contest between Morocco and the United bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States is now too close to call, providing the North African country's bid passes the technical assessment and makes it onto the ballot for the vote in Moscow on June 13.

That decision is expected by the end of the month, and it is understood that Morocco...

Sofiane Boufal overlooked for Morocco World Cup squad

Herve Renard has unveiled Morocco's 23-man for the World Cup, with Southampton's Sofiane Boufal the most notable omission.

The squad was revealed by the Moroccan football federation on Thursday, with Medhi Benatia, Hakim Ziyech and Younes Belhanda the key names in a strong squad

24-year-old Boufal, who scored twice in 26 league outings for Saints this season, has been cut along with Zakaria Labyad, Yacine Bammou and Walid Azaro, after not starting a league game since February.

Renard has opted for...

Why Renard's Morocco can cause World Cup upset

In his first guest column with KweséESPN, former Zambia assistant coach and Queens Park Rangers opposition analyst Irfan Kawri outlines why he believes Morocco's Herve Renard can oversee a major World Cup upset this summer.

The Atlas Lions may have been pitted against Spain, Portugal and Iran in an ominous group, but Kawri is confident that the French coach has shown enough during his time in African football to deliver a surprise or two in Russia ...

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Herve Renard is probably the most successful...

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Morocco lose appeal to recruit Spain's Munir El Haddadi for World Cup

Morocco's football federation has lost its case against FIFA to recruit Spain forward Munir El Haddadi before the World Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Morocco's appeal against a FIFA ruling that blocked the Barcelona player from transferring allegiance. The verdict was given after a hearing on Monday.

FIFA rules prohibit switching nationality after playing in a competitive match.

El Haddadi, who is of Moroccan descent, played for Spain in a 2016 European Championship qualifier...

Morocco's tough group makes advancing a distant dream

Ian Darke asks the ESPN panel which of the five African nations has the best chance of making a big splash at the 2018 World Cup.
Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Medhi Benatia
Manager: Herve Renard
Nickname: The Atlas Lions
FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 42

How they qualified

Despite being grouped with 2015 African champions Ivory Coast, Morocco went unbeaten during the CAF qualifying campaign...