The governments and football federations of Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile today launched in Buenos Aires their official bid to host the 2030 World Cup, the year in which the centenary of the first World Cup is celebrated, held in Montevideo. "We are convinced that the International Football Federation (FIFA) feels the obligation to honor the memory of who organized the first World Cup," said the president of the South American federation (Conmebol), Alejandro Rodriguez. Uruguay was also the first world champion, thanks to the home victory in the final (4-2), against Argentina, now outgoing champion. The "passion that South America has for football, nobody has", said Dominguez, according to whom, in the region, this sport is experienced in "another way". Proof of this would be the "color and soul" that the fans of the subcontinent have instilled in all the matches of the World Cup in Qatar.
The location of the event, 2030 edition, will be decided in 2024. At the moment, there are three other candidates in the running: the joint ones of Spain and Portugal (with the invitation to Ukraine), that of Morocco, and the unprecedented formula launched from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Greece. Should Ryad's candidacy win, it would be the first time that a soccer world cup will be played in countries belonging to three different continents (Asia, Africa and Europe). Instead, the tradition of a tournament spread over more than one country is increasingly consolidated, as demonstrated by the assignment of the 2026 World Cup to the United States, Mexico and Canada. Furthermore, from the next edition, 48 and no longer 32 teams will participate in the final phase.
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