While Moscow is ready to welcome World Cup 2018, the South American countries Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay push their joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
World Cup 2030 should take place in South America, Argentina’s officials said on Monday. Government representatives from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay met in Montevideo to discuss the next steps in promoting their joint candidacy. In his official statement, Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez said that the time is right to use all combined force to present a triple bid in front of a world audience.
“[This year’s World Cup] will be a great chance to position and consolidate our bid because the world will be focused on football and we can have a privileged space of attention,”
2018 World Cup will be played in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15.
World Cup 2030: plans, perspectives for South American countries
Argentina and Uruguay, both two-time World Cup winners, announced their plans for a joint candidacy early last year before adding Paraguay to the bid in September. The 2030 tournament will take place 100 years after Uruguay won the inaugural World Cup as hosts. The tournament has been staged once before in both Argentina and Uruguay while Paraguay is aiming to host it for the first time.
Monday’s meeting also included Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia, Argentina’s sports secretary Fernando Marin and Paraguay’s tourism minister Marcela Bacigalupo, among other officials.
According to officials, Uruguay and Paraguay would be allocated one or two stadiums each while Argentina could provide up to six venues.
President Vazquez confessed that the World Cup 2030 in South America will come true if three countries are uniting to carry it forward.
“Think how difficult it would have been in 1930 to embark on the adventure of organizing the first World Cup and if it had been a bad experience, I don’t know if we would be talking today about hosting it again,”
he said during a meeting on Monday and added the commission would choose a logo for the candidacy within 15 days.