Joint bid launched to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup — MercoPress

Joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup started

Friday 5 August 2022 – 10:02 UTC

It would be the first time that four countries host a World Cup.
It would be the first time that four countries host a World Cup.

Under the motto “Together 2030”, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile have announced a joint bid to jointly host the 2030 World Cup. The planned 2030 tournament will feature 48 teams and around 80 matches will be played in 14 stadiums. The last World Cup in South America was Brazil 2014

“The Qatar World Cup later this year will see 32 teams play 64 matches across eight venues. FIFA has yet to decide on the venue of the event, world events permitting.

Alejandro Domínguez, president of the South American Football Association from Paraguay, said the joint bid goes beyond nostalgia. “We are in this iconic place where history began,” he said, referring to the fact that the first World Cup was played in Uruguay in 1930. The host team defeated neighbors Argentina 4-2 to retain the title at Montevideo’s legendary Centenario Stadium.

Chile hosted the finals in 1962 (won by Brazil) and Argentina had their own World Cup in 1978, where they defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in extra time for the crown.

“This is not one government’s project, it is the dream of a whole continent,” stressed Domínguez. “There will be other World Cups, but 100 years is only celebrated once.”

The idea of ​​a joint South American bid for the 2030 tournament was first floated in 2017 by Uruguay and Argentina. And the romantic idea of ​​bringing the tournament back to its original home was at the heart of plans by the four countries’ football and sporting authorities.

The idea of ​​a World Cup was “conceived, analyzed and put into practice here in Uruguay almost 100 years ago,” said Ignacio Alonso, President of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF). “It became the greatest sports festival in the world,” he said, praising the “courage, courage, intelligence and effort” that went into hosting the first tournament.

Uruguay’s Sports Minister Sebastian Bauza said the four countries would submit their bid to FIFA in May 2023, with the world governing body expected to make its decision the following year. “We must host a sustainable World Cup that leaves a legacy for these four countries,” Bauza said, adding that some international banks have expressed interest in supporting the bid.

South America’s joint bid is likely to face two challenges: Spain and Portugal have officially submitted a joint bid, while Morocco has repeatedly insisted they will bid to become only the second African country to host the finals. There have also been talks of an Israeli bid alongside the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

In 1930 there were only 13 teams and the entire tournament was played in just three stadiums in the same city – Montevideo.

If South America’s bid is successful, it would be the first time four countries have hosted a World Cup. The 2026 tournament has already been awarded to three countries: Canada, Mexico and the United States.

More than half of the 21 World Cup tournaments that have already been held have taken place in Europe.

Referring to co-hosting the 2030 World Cup, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou said the government is “ready to help” on issues such as “country brands and investments.”

“If there’s a moment when the bus goes by and we have to take it, it’s 2030,” said Lacalle, who admitted that Montevideo’s Centenario Stadium was the main magnet to bring the event back to where it all began in 1930 .

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