Chile has joined Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to further strengthen the South American bid for jointly hosting the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
Chile’s president Sebastian Pinera has announced plans for the joint bid via social. Uruguay looking forward to play hosts FIFA World Cup games for the first time if the bid succeeds in bringing the tournament back to South America.
Chile had played host to 1962 World Cup, while Argentina staged the 1978 tournament. Uruguay has hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930. The country now looks forward to join have the honour of bringing home the centenary edition for football’s ultimate competition.
Pinera had shared on Twitter that the country heads of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have agreed to include Chile in the joint bid following talks for many months.
“The presidents of the Argentine Republic, Mauricio Macri; of the republic of Chile, Sebastian Pinera; from the republic of Paraguay, Mario Abdo; and of the oriental republic of Uruguay, Tabare Vazquez; agreed to present their joint candidacy to organize the 2030 World Cup,” read the tweet on Pinera’s handle.
“This is a project that we have been working for some time and we are happy to be part of this candidacy. With great joy, we can say that we started the work to realise a dream,” says Chilean Football Federation (ANFP) president Sebastián Moreno.
“Hosting tournaments of this magnitude involves many aspects that Chile can offer. Infrastructure, stadiums, technology and all the organisational capacity that our country has shown in recent years as a host of international events, both female and male. We want our country to contribute to the project.”
Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have already submitted a joint proposal with the game sharing plan between the three nations. With Chile being adjusted as the fourth co-bidder the game hosting plan will see a revamp now.
Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay formalised a pact to submit a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup in In November 2017. Paraguay was added to the plan in August last year and now Chile also comes on board.