The UEFA president sure knows which countries will host the 2030 World Cup

The UEFA president sure knows which countries will host the 2030 World Cup

Aleksander Ceferin, president of the European Football Association (UEFA), is confident that the 2030 World Cup will be jointly organized by Spain and Portugal.

The two countries signed an agreement in 2020 to bid for the arrangement together, and officially announced their intention in June of this year. “This tender is set to win, and we will do everything we can to help the two countries who are passionate about our sport and have good infrastructure.” – The Slovenian sports director announced in a video conference on Monday in Lisbon.

The location of the 2030 World Cup will be decided by FIFA in May 2024. According to the Southwest European countries application, 12 cities will host the 48-team event, and Spain will provide 14 stadiums for Portugal and three stadiums. hosting matches.

Aleksander Ceferin (Photo: EPA/Christian Bruna)

Spain hosted the World Cup in 1982 and then jointly applied with Portugal to participate in the 2018 tournament, which Russia eventually won. The Portuguese have never hosted the World Cup, but in 2004 they did host the European Championship. Earlier, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay announced that they would submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, 100 years after Uruguay hosted the first World Cup in football history in 1930. The four UK football associations also considered a joint bid with Ireland, But this idea was eventually rejected, just as the joint application fell from Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania as well.

The official ball for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (Photo: EPA / Mohamed Ali Abdel Wahed / FIFA)

In 2018, Morocco announced its bid to host the 2030 World Cup, and the press later wrote that this bid could also be joint, namely with Saudi Arabia and Egypt. According to media reports, China will also bid for the 2030 event. Qatar will host the World Cup this year, which kicks off on November 21, and in 2026 it will be hosted by Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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Aleksander Ceferin, President of UEFA. Environmental Protection Agency / Jean-Christophe Bout

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