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2026 World Cup: Morocco plans to complete projects win or lose bid

Morocco will complete many of the plans in its 2026 World Cup bid even if it does not host the finals.

The Moroccan bid, which could bring the FIFA tournament to Africa for the second time, is up against a joint one from USA, Mexico and Canada.

Hicham El Amrani, Morocco’s bid chief, insisted its plans will carry on even if they lose the vote.
“We’ll carry on the projects because it is for the good of our country and continent, not only to host the World Cup,” he told BBC Sport.

Among the Moroccan infrastructure plans are building motorways, new high speed trains and an increase in airport capacity.

The north African nation will use 14 stadia for the tournament, five of which will be the renovation of existing structures and the building of nine new ones.

Morocco will spend 15.8 billion dollars on infrastructure, if they win the bid.

Fifa’s members are choosing the 2026 host in a vote on 13 June.

Morocco bid unsuccessfully to stage the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 World Cups. The country was second to the U.S. in ’94, behind France in ’98 and just lost out to South Africa for the 2010 finals, the only time the event has been held in Africa.

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