Four South American Countries Offer to Host the 2030 World Cup

FOUR South American nations announced Tuesday (2/8) plans to host the 2030 World Cup in the hope of bringing the world soccer party back to where it was first held.

“We are at an important place when history begins,” said South American Football Association (CONMEBOL) President Alejandro Dominguez from the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, where the first World Cup final was held in 1930.

Uruguay won the first World Cup by beating Argentina 4-2. Now, the two neighbors, along with Paraguay and Chile, are bidding to host the 2030 World Cup with the slogan Juntos 2030 (Together 2030).

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“This is not just a project of a particular country but a continent,” said Dominguez.

“The World Cup will continue to exist but the 100th anniversary of the World Cup is only once,” he continued.

The idea of ​​co-hosting by 2030 was first proposed by Uruguay and Argentina in 2017 and two years later the number of countries planning to host grew to four.

The romantic idea of ​​bringing the World Cup back to its first home was central to the four countries’ bids to host it.

“The idea of ​​a World Cup was first conceived and realized in Uruguay, almost 100 years ago,” said Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) president Ignacio Alonso.

“The World Cup went on to become the biggest sports festival in the world,” he added. (AFP/OL-1)