Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay will present their joint candidacy to organize the 2030 World Cup. This was confirmed by the Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera, who celebrated the agreement that allowed his country to join the initial plan agreed by the other three South American countries. "The presidents of the Republic of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, of the Republic of Paraguay, Mario Abdo, and of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, agreed to present their joint candidacy to organize the Copa del Mundo 2030, "the Chilean president wrote on his Twitter account. The federations have already informed FIFA of their decision.
Minutes later, the information was confirmed from the presidency of Argentina through a signed statement in Buenos Aires. "The presidents, through the four respective Football Associations (AFA, ANFP, AFP and AUF), decided to elevate to FIFA, after communicating to Conmebol, the shared position to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup, organized by Uruguay in 1930. "
The centenary of the first World Cup, won by Uruguay in Montevideo, seemed to the four countries a good reason to try to stay with the locale. The proposal was born in September of 2017 when The players of Barcelona, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi, sponsored the candidacy of Uruguay and Argentina. Both players went to the field with shirts that formed the number 2030. A month later, the president of Paraguay then, Horacio Cartes, reached an agreement to join.
The South American proposal is not the only joint. At the end of last year, the Spanish government announced that they would seek the 2030 World Cup candidacy along with Morocco and Portugal. Another group of countries interested is Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, and even a candidacy from the Union of Football Federations of North Africa. The 2026 World Cup, meanwhile, will host the United States, Canada and Mexico. It is precisely this location that plays against the South American intentions, because it is common for FIFA to seek to change the continent between one championship and the next.
The South American proposal has a long history of having organized a World Cup. After Montevideo, Chile opened the doors for the tournament in 1962 and in 1978 Argentina was the host. Brazil hosted twice: 1950 and 2014. The next confirmed countries will be Qatar in 2022 and in 2026 the managers will be Canada, the United States and Mexico.