On Wednesday, FIFA, the international governing body of football, made an announcement regarding the 2030 World Cup.
They revealed that this tournament will be hosted jointly by Morocco, Portugal, and Spain, and will feature matches in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay as well.
The decision to grant the opening games to the South American nations is part of FIFA’s strategy for celebrating the tournament’s 100th anniversary. The FIFA World Cup, which commenced in 1930, had its inaugural edition hosted by Uruguay, ultimately leading to their victory over Argentina with a score of 4-2 in the final.
“Uruguay hosted and won the inaugural World Cup in 1930, and Argentina were the beaten finalists, while the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) headquarters are based in Paraguay. CONMEBOL was the only confederation in existence at the time of the 1930 tournament,” The Athletic said.
For the inaugural time, the tournament will span across three continents, namely Europe, Africa, and South America.
Morocco is poised to make its tournament hosting debut, marking the second African nation to do so after South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 edition. Portugal, too, will experience its first-time role as a host.
In response to the announcement, Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL, expressed his appreciation on X, commending FIFA for designating the opening games to the association.
His words: “We believed in Big. The 2030 Centennial World Cup begins where it all began. Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay will host the opening matches of #MundialCentenario”
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