Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay have launched a bid to host the 2030 World Cup, as confirmed by the president of CONMEBOL (via BBC Sport).
The 2030 World Cup, which will be the 24th edition of the competition, marks the 100-year anniversary of the first ever tournament. The first World Cup was hosted and won by Uruguay, defeating Argentina in the final.
For this reason, a joint bid between Uruguay and Argentina has been touted for a long time, with many believing it to be appropriate that they host the centenary event.
That possibility appears to be edging closer to reality. CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez has announced that Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay have submitted a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
As quoted by BBC Sport, Dominguez said: “This is a dream of a continent. There will be more World Cups, but the cup only turns 100 one time. It needs to come home.”
The four nations have hosted a combined total of three tournaments. As mentioned above, Uruguay were hosts in 1930. Chile were selected for 1962, and Argentina for 1978. The only other South American nation to host is Brazil, winning their bids in 1950 and 2014.
Should this bid win, it will be the third World Cup to be joint hosted. Japan and South Korea shared the 2002 tournament, while the 2026 edition is set to be split between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
However, they are set to face tough competition in the bidding process. Spain and Portugal have already submitted a joint bid to host the tournament, while Morocco are also in the running. Other bids are expected to be announced in the near future.
The United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland were expected to enter a joint bid for the tournament. However, those plans were abandoned, and they instead decided to focus on their bid for the 2028 European Championships.
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