Ukraine joins Spain and Portugal’s bid to host 2030 World Cup

    2030 FIFA World Cup Bid Press Conference
    The presidents of the Portugal, Spain and Ukraine football federations announced the joint bid on Wednesday (Photo: Getty)

    Ukraine has officially joined Spain and Portugal’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2030.

    Reports of the plans emerged on Tuesday, with the three respective football associations officially announcing the bid on Wednesday.

    Spain and Portugal had already confirmed a joint bid to host the tournament last year but have now joined forces with Ukraine in order to ‘change lives’ and ‘do good’ in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war.

    ‘Our bid is not an Iberian bid any more, it’s a European bid,’ president of the Spanish football federation Luis Rubiales said.

    ‘I’m convinced that now our bid is much better than before. Football is universal and if it is capable of changing the life of people in so many ways it should also be used for doing good.’

    Also aiming to host the 2030 World Cup are a South American bid made up of Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile, as well as a transcontinental partnership between Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia.

    A statement from the Portuguese football federation claims their three-way partnership has ‘unconditional support’ from UEFA and believes that by 2030 they will have ‘peace in Europe’.

    Wales v Ukraine - FIFA World Cup Qualifier
    Ukraine missed out on a place at the 2022 World Cup to Wales (Photo: Getty)

    ‘The example of tenacity and resilience set by the Ukrainian people is inspiring,’ they added.

    ‘This proposal aims to contribute through the power of football to the recovery of a country undergoing reconstruction.’

    It is not known exactly how the addition of Ukraine will change the logistics of the tournament, though Spain say that it will not affect the planned 11 venues in Spain and three in Portugal.

    Ironically the last World Cup to be held on European soil was the 2018 event in Russia.

    The 2022 edition kicks-off in Qatar in just over a month’s time, while the 2026 World Cup will be held across North America, with Canada, the USA and Mexico sharing hosting duties.

    Meanwhile the UK and Republic of Ireland have joined forces to bid for the 2028 Euros against Turkey.

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