Members of the South American bid for the 2030 World Cup, which will be the centennial edition, want to hold the opening game in Buenos Aires and the championship game in Montevideo, where Uruguay won the inaugural competition.
Tuesday marked the beginning of the first organizing committee meeting for the combined bid of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Alberto Fernández, the president of Argentina, also declared his desire to include Bolivia in the group.
Spain, Portugal, and Ukraine have already formalized their own proposal. Moving forward are Morocco and another joint offer from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Greece.
The president of South American soccer organization CONMEBOL, Alejandro Domnguez, emphasized the antecedents. The inaugural competition was held in Uruguay in 1930, when Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 to claim the inaugural championship.
He stated that “FIFA has a responsibility to honor the memory of those who came before us and created the first World Cup.” “In the end, the winners are the ones who want it more. Additionally, there is a tradition in Argentina and all of our nations.
The choice will be made by FIFA in 2024, two years before the tournament’s next iteration, which will feature 48 teams for the first time and be held in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
The World Cup victory by Argentina in Qatar, according to the minister of sports for Chile, Alexandra Benado Vergara, has strengthened the region’s claim for the event since other countries joined Uruguay’s original one-nation proposal.
Vergara stated that “Argentina’s success is also our region’s victory.” “We can definitely affirm that in these times for our area and the rest of the world, we will have a bid that is viable, straightforward, and austere.”
Sebastián Bauzá, Vergara’s colleague from Uruguay, stated that South America “believes we have the right to organize that World Cup.”
Fernández of Argentina stated on social media that Bolivia should join the bid since “this is the candidacy of the entire continent. I’ll suggest that Bolivia join this dream because of this.