Six Nations, Centennial Celebration, and a Unique Hosting Experience
The 2030 FIFA World Cup is gearing up to be a historic milestone in the world of football, marking the centennial anniversary of the prestigious tournament that began in 1930. This landmark event is not only about celebrating a century of football excellence but also rewriting the hosting rulebook. For the first time ever, three countries from two continents will come together to host the world’s most celebrated sporting event.
Spain, Portugal, and Morocco have united their passion for the beautiful game to jointly host the 24th FIFA World Cup. It all began in October 2020 when the Royal Spanish Football Federation and the Portuguese Football Federation announced their plans for a collaborative bid. The heads of state and government of both nations threw their support behind this ambitious endeavor. And as if this alliance wasn’t groundbreaking enough, the Ukrainian Association of Football joined in, despite the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Backed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Morocco, with its rich football history, also jumped on board in March 2023.
A Look at the Hosts:
Spain, a country that previously hosted the World Cup in 1982, Euro 1964, and co-hosted Euro 2020, brings a wealth of experience to the table. Portugal, the host of Euro 2004, has shown its capability to organize top-notch football events. Morocco, with hosting rights for AFCON 1988 and WAFCON 2022, has proven its dedication to the sport. Together, they are ready to make history.
The excitement doesn’t stop there. Spain and Portugal have shortlisted fifteen potential venues across thirteen cities, aiming to finalize eleven venues for the tournament. The iconic Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid is poised to host the opening match and the grand final.
Mrocco has also made significant preparations, selecting six venues for the bid. These include five existing venues and an impressive new 93,000-seat stadium.
South American Surprise:
While the Iberian and Moroccan bid had been making headlines, another surprise emerged during the selection announcement. Three South American nations - Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay - stepped into the limelight, revealing their own joint bid for the 2030 World Cup. This collaboration is particularly significant, as it commemorates the centennial of the first-ever World Cup hosted by Uruguay in 1930.
Luis Suárez of Uruguay and Lionel Messi of Argentina, two of the world’s greatest footballers, took center stage, presenting commemorative shirts to promote their bid. The Paraguayan Football Federation also joined this partnership in October, while the Football Federation of Chile added its support in February 2019.
Expanding the Horizons:
Eighteen stadiums spread across thirteen host cities are under consideration for this South American bid. These include sixteen existing venues and a new stadium in Luque, Paraguay, where the headquarters of the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) are located.
The 2030 FIFA World Cup is set to be a tournament like no other, with the world’s top footballing nations coming together to celebrate a century of the beautiful game. The joint hosting by Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, along with the surprise entry of Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay, promises to deliver an unforgettable footballing spectacle that spans three continents. As the countdown begins, football fans around the world eagerly await this historic event, which will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the sport’s illustrious history.