The governments of Argentina and Uruguay have confirmed that they will support a joint bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
A bid from the two countries has the emotive pull of coinciding with the centenary of Uruguay’s staging of the inaugural World Cup in 1930, a tournament the host nation won by defeating Argentina 4-2. The Foreign Ministers of both countries have now placed their full support behind a tilt at 2030.
“We have agreed to set up a bi-national committee to support the initiative together with the national football associations to promote the candidature of Argentina and Uruguay for the 2030 World Cup,” said Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, in quotes reported by Reuters.
Argentina Football Association president Julio Grondona has welcomed the news, but has warned that the financial considerations of staging a World Cup would need to be investigated closely.
“I believe that we can be well-placed to host it, we will just have to see what demands are put on us,” Grondona told Argentine newspaper La Nacion. “We would not hold a tournament which will enslave our country. If the demands are more than we can meet, it is best not to go through with it.”
After two tournaments outside Europe, the Cup will again be disputed in the Old Continent in 2018, hosted by Russia. Qatar will be the organizer four years later.