Uruguay and Argentina to make joint 2030 World Cup bid official

August 23 – Uruguay and Argentina will officially launch their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup next week at a ceremony involving the country’s two leaders.

Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez said the formal announcement would take place on Aug 30 during a visit to his country by Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri to coincide with the World Cup qualifier between the two nations the following day.

A joint bid between Argentina and Uruguay has long been on the cards to mark the centenary of the World Cup, held for the first time in 1930 by Uruguay who beat Argentina in the final.

Although the two South American countries will be strong favourites to get the nod among FIFA members, it is by no means a foregone conclusion. They could face opposition from Europe or possibly China though the latter cannot technically bid under FIFA rules since Asia hosts the 2022 event in Qatar, and is more likely therefore to go for 2034.

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