Chile join Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in 2030 World Cup bid

Chile announced to join Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay to make a joint South American bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Chile joined three neighboring South American countries in a bid to host the 2030 soccer World Cup, according to a joint statement from Chile’s president Sebastian Pinera released on Thursday.

Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay had initially announced their plan for a joint bid back in 2017

“A few months ago I proposed to the presidents of Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay to incorporate Chile, and jointly, to apply for 2030. They agreed to present their joint candidacy to organize the 2030 World Cup,” Chile’s President tweeted.

The national football associations of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland met last week to discuss putting in a potential bid for the 2030 competition.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania and Serbia are also coming together to make a joint bid to host the 2030 tournament.

Elsewhere, Spain and Portugal are considering a joint intercontinental bid with Morocco, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez revealed in November.

The 2030 FIFA World Cup will be the 24th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football championship contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA.

The tournament will mark 100 years since Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930, which they won for the first of their two titles.

Chile last hosted the World Cup in 1962 and Argentina won the trophy on home soil in 1978. The tournament last went to South America in 2014, when Germany beat hosts Brazil in the semi-final before seeing off Argentina to secure win the competition for a fourth time.

Current FIFA rules block Asian Football Confederation nations from hosting the 2030 World Cup following the selection of Qatar in 2022. Nevertheless, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in suggested in June 2017 that the World Cup be hosted by a Northeast Asian block including both South Korea and North Korea, telling FIFA president Gianni Infantino it would improve relations in the region.

Qatar will host the next edition of the World Cup in 2022, while it was announced in June that the North American trio of the US, Canada, and Mexico will stage the tournament in 2026.

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