As the race to host the 2030 World Cup takes shape, South American football officials said they are still working on a four-nation bid that would celebrate the tournament’s 100th anniversary at its first home in Uruguay. .
The emotional appeal of playing matches in 2030 at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo which hosted the 1930 final – won by the home side – is a boon for South American soccer body CONMEBOL, says its president Alejandro Dominguez in Qatar.
Respect for Uruguay’s place in World Cup history is reflected in speculation in Europe that UEFA’s bid to co-host Spain and Portugal in 2030 could also include matches in the South American country.
“‘Centenario’ is a luxury in the history (of the World Cup) and it’s a big thing in the history of football,” Dominguez said in translated comments during a press conference in Doha after to have been re-elected.
“We think we’re going to do the whole World Cup in South America,” said the Paraguayan official, whose home country is part of the four-nation bid along with Argentina, Chile and Uruguay which was first launched in 2017.
FIFA has already set a target of 2024 to choose a host for the tournament in 2030 – 12 years since Europe last hosted, Russia.
Europe has never staged three tournaments in a row without hosting and the continent’s broadcast deals still account for a large portion of FIFA World Cup revenue.
However, the close ties forged in recent years by Dominguez with UEFA and its president Aleksander Ceferin have fueled speculation that the most powerful continents in football could cooperate in the organization of the World Cup.
“At some point we’re going to talk about 2030,” said Dominguez, who is due to travel from Qatar to London, where UEFA and CONMEBOL share a liaison office. It will be officially inaugurated on Monday.
The official South American plan is still to pursue its own bid project, Uruguayan football president Ignacio Alonso has said.
“I don’t know where it (comes from),” Alonso said when asked about a potential deal with Spain and Portugal, whose football presidents attended part of the meeting. CONMEBOL Friday. “The original idea was four countries (in South America) and 18 stadiums with the Centenario as the stadium for the World Cup final.” The expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams – with 80 games up from 64 later this year in Qatar – has made hosting multiple nations more likely in the future. The 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea is the only previous co-hosted World Cup.
The first 48-team tournament will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026 – a factor that could count against a purely South American tournament in 2030. FIFA has never held back-to-back tournaments in the time zones of the Americas. The region was last hosted in Brazil in 2014.
FIFA rules currently allow an Asian bid for 2030 to follow Qatar in 2022.
China will host the 2023 Asian Cup, although expectations have dropped in recent years that they will pursue a World Cup as soon as 2030. Saudi Arabia are candidates for the 2027 Asian Cup, in a competition that includes the Qatar, and has clear ambitions to host more international sporting events.
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