December 5, 2023
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The 2030 men’s World Cup will be a historic celebration of football’s centennial anniversary, as it will be hosted by six countries across three continents, according to FIFA’s announcement. Spain, Portugal, and Morocco will join forces as co-hosts of the tournament, while Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina will each stage an opening match, commemorating 100 years since the inaugural World Cup, which was held and won by Uruguay in 1930.

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressed the significance of this decision, saying, “In a divided world, FIFA and football are uniting.” The unanimous decision by the FIFA Council to award hosting rights to this joint bid reflects the international football community’s commitment to celebrating the sport’s history and fostering unity.

The 2030 World Cup will make history by being hosted across three continents—Africa, Europe, and South America—by six nations: Argentina, Morocco, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay. All six co-hosting nations will enjoy automatic qualification for the expanded 48-team tournament.

The tournament’s inaugural match will be played at the Estádio Centenário in Montevideo, the same venue where the first World Cup final took place.

This collaborative effort also carries financial significance, as the existing infrastructure in these countries minimizes additional investment. Alejandro Domínguez, the president of CONMEBOL, highlighted the responsible and viable nature of the proposal, emphasizing that these nations could not compete with others in terms of financial resources.

For Morocco, it marks the first time hosting the World Cup and a significant milestone as the first North African nation to do so. Portugal, too, will debut as a host, while Spain previously hosted the tournament in 1982.

Although Ukraine was initially reported to be part of the Spain, Portugal, and Morocco bid, safety concerns led to its withdrawal from consideration. The 2030 edition of the World Cup will be the first to span three continents and feature games in six different countries. The 2026 World Cup, co-hosted by Canada, the United States, and Mexico, is the only other tournament to be played in more than two countries.

The final ratification of the 2030 World Cup tournament is expected to occur during FIFA’s congress in 2024. The most recent men’s World Cup took place in 2022 in Qatar, with Argentina emerging as the champions for the third time in their history.

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