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Morocco Launches 2026 World Cup Campaign, Promises To Showcase 'Best Of Football'

Morocco "launched its campaign to host the 2026 World Cup in Casablanca," according to the BBC. The North African nation, making its fifth bid to host the tournament, "faces competition from a joint bid" proposed by Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Bid Chair Moulay Hafid Elalamy said, "Morocco 2026 will showcase the best of football, at the heart of the world." The decision on who will host the event will be made on June 13, the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. Elalamy said, "A World Cup in Morocco will deliver commercial success and leave a long-lasting legacy and if we win the honor of hosting, we believe the winners will be football, the young people of our nation, Africa and the world." Morocco "has failed in four previous World Cup bids" -- in '94, '98, '06 and '10 (BBC, 1/23).