European giants take different sides in World Cup 2026 bid race

With less than 24 hours before the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the host of the 2026 World Cup will be decided, several major European federations announced who they will support.

German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel tweeted that the DFB would support United 2026. Grindel, a member of the FIFA Council, has been outspoken in arguing that FIFA's task force had to avoid disqualifying Morocco's bid before the vote at the FIFA Congress. He also has said he couldn't believe that a "not-qualified bidder will win." When the report came out, Grindel said it handed the momentum to the North American bid.

The Dutch soccer federation confirmed that it will vote for Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

"We feel connected to Africa and Morocco," said KNVB president Michael van Praag. "We want to do something for all the good that Africa and Morocco have brought to Dutch soccer in recent years. We show gratitude for what Mike ObikuNwankwo KanuKalusha BwalyaKarim el Ahmadi, Hakim ZiyechIbrahim Afellay and all other players with African roots have shown in our soccer. "

Earlier in the day, Noel Le Graet, the French soccer federation president who has been the No. 1 supporter of Morocco, estimated that the North African nation would get the support of about half of UEFA's 55 members. Other observers believe that estimation is generous.

How vote splits in Europe and Asia will likely decide the race. In a sign that support made be fading in parts of Asia, Moroccan bid leaders have become increasingly vocal in their frustration with what they term Saudi Arabia's lobbying campaign against Maroc 2026.

Also on Tuesday ...

-- United 2026 picked up support from Football Federation Australia.
-- It has yet to be confirmed, but the four federations representing U.S. territories -- American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands -- are not expected to allowed to vote.

Here are the 211 FIFA members, by confederation, and those for which there are public expressions of support (and the source).

Africa (54 votes):
Algeria (Morocco-minister)
Angola (Morocco-federation)
Benin
Botswana (Morocco-federation)
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon (Morocco-federation)
Cape Verde Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Congo DR (Morocco-federation)
Côte d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt (Morocco-federation)
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia (Morocco-federation)
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau (Morocco-federation)
Kenya (Morocco-federation)
Lesotho
Liberia (United 2026-federation)
Libya (Morocco-federation)
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco (ineligible to vote)
Mozambique
Namibia (United 2026-federation)
Niger
Nigeria (Morocco-minister)
Rwanda
Sao Tome e Principe
Senegal
Seychelles (Morocco-federation)
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia (Morocco-minister)
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe (United 2026-federation)

Asia (46 votes):
Afghanistan (United 2026-federaion)
Australia (United 2026-federaion)
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
China
Chinese Taipei
Guam (ineligible to vote- to be confirmed)
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Kyrgyz Republic
Laos
Lebanon (Morocco-bid committee)
Macau
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar (Morocco-federation)
Nepal
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine (Morocco-bid committee)
Philippines
Qatar (Morocco-federation)
Saudi Arabia (United 2026-minister)
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Syria
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen

Concacaf (35 votes):

Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda (Morocco-minister)
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize (United 2026-Uncaf)
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Canada (ineligible to vote)
Cayman Islands
Costa Rica (United 2026-Uncaf)
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica (Morocco-minister)
Dominican Republic
El Salvador (United 2026-Uncaf)
Grenada (United 2026-bid committee)
Guatemala (United 2026-Uncaf)
Guyana (United 2026-federation)
Haiti
Honduras (United 2026-Uncaf)
Jamaica (United 2026-bid committee)
Mexico (ineligible to vote)
Montserrat
Nicaragua (United 2026-Uncaf)
Panama (United 2026-Uncaf)
Puerto Rico (ineligible to vote- to be confirmed)
St. Kitts and Nevis (Morocco-minister)
St. Lucia (Morocco-minister)
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Suriname (United 2026-federation)
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands (ineligible to vote- to be confirmed)
USA (ineligible to vote)

Conmebol (10 votes):
Argentina (United 2026-Conmebol)
Bolivia (United 2026-Conmebol)
Brazil (United 2026-Conmebol)
Chile (United 2026-Conmebol)
Colombia (United 2026-Conmebol)
Ecuador (United 2026-Conmebol)
Paraguay (United 2026-Conmebol)
Peru (United 2026-Conmebol)
Uruguay (United 2026-Conmebol)
Venezuela (United 2026-Conmebol)

Oceania (11 votes):
American Samoa (ineligible to vote- to be confirmed)
Cook Islands
Fiji
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tahiti
Tonga
Vanuatu

UEFA (55 votes):

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium (Morocco-bid committee)
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France (Morocco-federation)
Georgia
Germany (United 2026-federation)
Gibraltar
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg (Morocco-bid committee)
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Montenegro
Netherlands (Morocco-federation)
Northern Ireland
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia (Morocco-federation)
San Marino
Scotland
Serbia (Morocco-federation)
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
Wales

3 comments about "European giants take different sides in World Cup 2026 bid race".
  1. Ben Myers, June 12, 2018 at 6:19 p.m.

    Sorry, but I can't avoid bringing American politics into this.  Useful idiot Trump has gone around alienating one-time allies, and, of course, he never gives thought to his effect on international business.   And, let's face it, World Cup 2026 is international business.  Trump's actions and rhetoric may well sway enough national associations to cast their votes for Morocco.

  2. P T replied, June 12, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.

    On the other hand, Trump's obnoxious bullying behavior may have swayed a few votes towards the North American bid while repelling others. I think that at the end of the day, Maroc will lose out on the vote - by a whisker. Meanwhile cities like Minneapolis/St Paul, Chicago and others have chosen not to partake in the bid - to their loss because of the usual FIFA ridiculous demands. 

  3. Craig Cummings, June 12, 2018 at 9:38 p.m.

    I can not believe some of these EURO countries are voting for Morocco. I wonder if  the rich players agree?

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