Ukraine, Spain, Portugal to make joint bid for 2030 World Cup

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The Spanish and Portuguese federations announced on Wednesday that Ukraine will join their joint bid with Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

Both associations informed UEFA of their intentions, and according to a statement, UEFA quickly voiced its unequivocal support.

According to the statement, the joint bid seeks to use football as a means of aiding Ukraine’s recovery.

However, it made no direct reference to Russia’s conflict there.

According to the announcement, the 2030 World Cup Commission will now include representatives from Ukraine and will meet all deadlines for submitting the bid to FIFA.

The four-country proposal by Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay to bring the World Cup back to South America was revealed in August of this year.

All of the nations, with the exception of Paraguay, have previously hosted the World Cup, but not since the 1970s. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the most recent World Cup to be hosted in the continent.

It is thought that Greece, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia will submit another three-nation offer. These three nations have never before played host to the World Cup.

Morocco will submit a proposal for the 2030 World Cup, including a potential joint candidacy with neighboring African countries Tunisia and Algeria. This was revealed in 2018. In 1994, 1998, 2006, and 2010, Morocco’s bids to host the World Cup were unsuccessful.

With Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates as potential partners, Israel is planning another inter-confederation bid. Both Israel and the UAE have hosted editions of the Asia Cup over the previous 60 years.