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Spain and Portugal to assess 2030 World Cup bid

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Spain and Portugal will undertake 'an in-depth analysis' of a possible joint bid.

Spain and Portugal will start an analysis of whether to bid for the 2030 World Cup, the countries' football federations said on Saturday.

They did not make any mention of Morocco, who were previously also said to have been involved.

"After holding several meetings, the football federations of Spain and Portugal can confirm that they are set to begin an in-depth analysis of the possibility of presenting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup," a joint statement said.

"Both federations would like...

Borussia Dortmund reveal intention to sign Achraf Hakimi

Borussia Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that the German heavyweights are planning to sign on-loan Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi on a permanent basis.

BVB unveiled Paco Alcacer, who had been at the club on a loan deal from Barcelona, as a new permanent signing on Friday after exercising the option to buy the striker for €23 million.

Hakimi only moved to the Westfalenstadion on a two-year loan deal in July, but after an impressive start to the season, Dortmund...

Morocco beat Tunisia to end 2018 on a high

Morocco drew a line under an encouraging 2018 with a 1-0 victory away in Tunisia on Tuesday evening.

Youssef En-Nesyri scored the only goal of the game in the 41st minute - the sixth strike of his international career - from close range after Medhi Benatia's free kick bounced back off the post and into his path.

Tunisia started the better of the two teams in an ill-tempered affair on a poor pitch, although En-Nesyri had the better of the first-half chances.

The hosts pressed intensely as they sought...

Spain FA chief thanks country's president for World Cup plan backing

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has thanked the country's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, for his backing of a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

On Monday, Sanchez announced plans for a bid to be made alongside Portugal and Morocco.

"In these cases, you have the football side and that of diplomacy," RFEF president Luis Rubiales told reporters on Tuesday.

"I believe the prime minister has taken a further step and has done so to help football, and we have to thank...