The joint candidacy of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay as venues for the 2030 World Cup will be made official this Tuesday at 12 in an act that will take place in the Julio Humberto Grondona complex of the AFA in Ezeiza.
The president of the AFA, Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia; the head of Conmebol, Alejandro Domínguez; the Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Nation, Matías Lammens; and the presidents of the Uruguayan Football Association, Ignacio Alonso; from the Paraguayan Football Association, Robert Harrison and from the Chilean Football Federation, Pablo Milad, as well as sports officials from the three countries.
Domínguez, for Conmebol, will be one of the voices that will argue to achieve the South American candidacy, based on what he expressed in Doha at the World Cup in Qatar that Argentina won last December. “The 2030 World Cup is not one more, it deserves a celebration with recognition for the 100 years“, said then the Paraguayan leader, who considered that it should be played in “Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile”, countries that have already formally confirmed their candidacy three years ago.
The top leader of South American soccer repeatedly trusted that the world soccer leadership could have “a gesture of greatness” to assign the venue to the place of origin of the World Cup, above others interests. “We must recognize that what is today the World Cup began in South America in 1930,” Dominguez said in Doha during the recent World Cup.
The most important challenge facing the four nations is to organize a 48-team World Cup, which requires an infrastructure of stadiums, hotels, routes, airports that is not equal between the countries. There is a dialogue around reaching an agreement to define how many venues each country would have. Something that was strengthened since Chile joined this organizational scheme and Even a draft of locations had been reached. In the first instance, Uruguay was recognized the right to host the opening match and the final at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo and those of your selection. The rest of the venues were distributed among the other three countries, but everything will be the subject of a new negotiation.
The definition of the venue for the 2030 World Cup will take place at the 74th FIFA Congress to be held in 2024, two years before the 23rd edition of the competition in the United States-Mexico-Canada. The idea of a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup initially came from Uruguay and Argentina, who were the finalists of the first FIFA Cup held in 1930 in Montevideo.
But in the bid for the organization of the 2030 World Cup, the South American countries will have to compete with Spain and Portugal, who recently also expressed their intention to add Ukraine to their candidacy. A third alternative, still without official confirmation, could be set up between Greece, Egypt and Saudi Arabia..
During 2021, the president of FIFA, Swiss Gianni Infantino winked in favor of Conmebol: “A World Cup in South America would be fantastic. I have been saying this for a long time, in South America football is lived in an incredible way, the heart of football is here,” Infantino said on that occasion, sitting next to the head of AFA, Claudio Tapia, in a room on the property that the AFA has in Ezeiza.