Launch of the joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup
Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile have announced a joint bid to co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup finals under the motto “Together 2030”. The tournament scheduled for 2030 will feature 48 teams and some 80 matches will be played in 14 stadiums. The last World Cup to be held in South America was “Brazil 2014
“Later this year, the Qatar World Cup will feature 32 teams playing 64 matches across eight venues. FIFA’s decision on where to host the event, world affairs permitting, is still awaited.
South American Football Confederation president Alejandro Domínguez of Paraguay said the joint bid went beyond nostalgia. “We are in this iconic place where history began,” he said, meaning the first World Cup final was held in Uruguay in 1930. The host team beat their neighbors Argentina 4-2 to retain the title at the iconic Centenario Stadium in Montevideo.
Chile hosted the 1962 final (won by Brazil) and Argentina had their own World Cup in 1978, where they beat the Netherlands 3-1 in extra time for the crown.
“It is not the project of a government but the dream of an entire continent”, underlined Domínguez. “There will be other World Cups but the 100th anniversary will only be celebrated once.”
The idea of a joint South American bid for the 2030 tournament was first mooted by Uruguay and Argentina in 2017. And the romantic idea of bringing the tournament back to its first home was central plans from the football and sports authorities of the four countries. .
The idea of a World Cup was “thought, analyzed and put into practice here in Uruguay almost 100 years ago”, said Ignacio Alonso, president of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF). “It has become the biggest sports festival in the world,” he said, praising “the courage, the courage, the intelligence and the effort” that went into organizing the first tournament.
Uruguayan sports minister Sebastian Bauza said the four countries would submit their bids to FIFA in May 2023, with the world governing body due to make its decision the following year. “We need to organize 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.
The joint South American bid is likely to face two challenges: Spain and Portugal have officially submitted a joint bid, while Morocco has repeatedly insisted it will try to become the second African country to host the final. There has also been talk of an Israeli bid alongside the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
In 1930, there were only 13 teams and the whole tournament was played in the same city – Montevideo – in just three stadiums.
If the South American bid is successful, it would be the first time four countries have hosted the 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 already organized have taken place in Europe.
On co-hosting the 2030 FIFA World Cup, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou said the government was “willing to help” on issues such as “country branding and investments”.
“If there’s a time when the bus passes and we have to take it, it’s in 2030,” said Lacalle, who admitted Montevideo’s Centenario stadium was the key magnet to bring the event back there. where it all started in 1930.