Can Morocco win hosting rights for the 2026 football World Cup?
Morocco faces strong challenge from a combined bid from US, Mexico and Canada who are expected to win the rights.
Morocco will be hoping to upset the odds and bag hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup when voting takes place at the FIFA Congress.
The World Cup looks set to head to North America for the fourth time as the joint bid by Mexico, US and Canada is favourite to succeed Qatar as hosts for the tournament, the first time 48 teams will be taking part, at the voting that takes place on Wednesday.
The North American bid began the campaign as strong favourites but Morocco has enjoyed some success over recent months and the result could be closer than anticipated.
But while FIFA politics has a habit of throwing up surprises, the promise of a handsome profit from games played at large capacity, already existing stadiums across North America is likely to sway enough voters.
US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for FIFA. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.
This is the fifth time Morocco has bid for the hosting rights to the football World Cup, calling it “the dream of a nation” while hoping FIFA members will share that dream