FIFA will commemorate the 100th edition of the World Cup by uniting three continents and six countries as co-hosts of the FIFA World Cup 2030 and all related celebrations.
The latest FIFA Council meeting ‘unanimously’ made the decision to accept the combined bid of Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the World Cup event in 2030, with a unique additional centenary celebration taking place in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo given the historical context of the competition, with the council also announcing three World Cup matches in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino commented: “In a divided world, FIFA and football are uniting. The FIFA Council, representing the entire world of football, unanimously agreed to celebrate the centenary of the FIFA World Cup, whose first edition was played in Uruguay in 1930, in the most appropriate way.
“As a result, a celebration will take place in South America and three South American countries – Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay – will organise one match each of the FIFA World Cup 2030. The first of these three matches will of course be played at the stadium where it all began, in Montevideo’s mythical Estádio Centenário, precisely to celebrate the centenary edition of the FIFA World Cup.”
In terms of the bid to host the rest of the competition, Infantino added: “Two continents – Africa and Europe – united not only in a celebration of football but also in providing unique social and cultural cohesion. What a great message of peace, tolerance and inclusion.
“In 2030, we will have a unique global footprint, three continents – Africa, Europe and South America – six countries – Argentina, Morocco, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay – welcoming and uniting the world while celebrating together the beautiful game, the centenary and the FIFA World Cup.”
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