4 South American international locations on Tuesday launched an unprecedented joint bid to host the centenary 2030 World Cup with the hope of bringing the worldwide showpiece again to its first dwelling. “We’re on this iconic place the place historical past started,” mentioned Alejandro Dominguez, president of South American soccer’s governing physique CONMEBOL, from the Centenario stadium in Montevideo the place the primary World Cup remaining was held in 1930. Uruguay gained that, beating Argentina 4-2, however now the neighbors have joined collectively — alongside Paraguay and Chile — to bid for the correct to host the 2030 international showpiece below the “Juntos 2030” (Collectively 2030) slogan.
“This isn’t the challenge of a authorities however the dream of an entire continent,” added Dominguez.
“There might be different World Cups however 100 years might be celebrated solely as soon as.”
The concept of a joint South American bid for the 2030 match was first mooted by Uruguay and Argentina in 2017 and two years later the 4 potential hosts had been established.
But it surely has taken till now for them to make their bid official.
And the romantic thought of bringing the match again to its first dwelling was central to the plans of the soccer and sporting authorities from the 4 international locations current at Tuesday’s launch.
The concept of a World Cup was “thought up, analyzed and put into apply right here in Uruguay virtually 100 years in the past,” mentioned Ignacio Alonso, president of the Uruguayan soccer affiliation (AUF).
“It turned the best sporting pageant on this planet,” he mentioned, praising the “guts, braveness, intelligence and energy” that went into placing on the primary match.
Paraguayan Dominguez, although, reminded these current that the symbolic argument wouldn’t be sufficient.
“We can not rely solely on the sentimental, we now have to play our half and be in situation” to host the World Cup.
“Leaving a legacy”
Uruguay’s sports activities minister, Sebastian Bauza, mentioned the 4 international locations would current their bid to FIFA in Could 2023, with the world governing physique on account of make its determination the yr after.
“Now we have to placed on a sustainable World Cup that leaves a legacy for these 4 international locations,” mentioned Bauza, including that some worldwide banks had expressed an curiosity in supporting the bid.
The joint South American bid will possible come up in opposition to a minimum of two different proposals.
Spain and Portugal have formally submitted a joint bid whereas Morocco have repeatedly insisted they’ll bid to grow to be solely the second ever African nation to host the finals.
The UK and Republic of Eire determined in February to desert a joint bid that may have seen 5 FIFA member federations internet hosting the match.
There has additionally been tentative speak of an Israeli bid alongside the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
The 2030 match will characteristic 48 groups and Dominguez mentioned round 14 stadiums could be used for round 80 matches.
Against this, on the Qatar World Cup later this yr, there might be 32 groups enjoying 64 matches in eight venues.
In 1930 there have been solely 13 groups and your complete match was performed in the identical metropolis — Montevideo — in simply three stadiums.
“It is harder and onerous for a rustic to plan a candidacy by itself,” mentioned Dominguez.
If profitable it could be the primary time that as many as 4 international locations host the World Cup.
The 2026 match has already been awarded to 3 international locations — Canada, Mexico and the US.
The final World Cup to be hosted in South America was Brazil 2014.
Greater than half of the 21 World Cup tournaments already staged have been in Europe.
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