The dream of South America is launched to organize the 2030 FIFA World Cup

Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay meet at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo Exclusive statements to Around The Rings by the Minister of Sports of Paraguay on joint candidacy

Vista del Estadio Centenario. EFE/Federico Anfitti/Archivo
Vista del Estadio Centenario. EFE/Federico Anfitti/Archivo

On August 2 at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay the proposal for the joint organization of the 2030 FIFA World Cup between Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay will be officially presented.

The setting chosen is not by chance: it is the stadium where the first World Cup was born in 1930. Nor is it by chance that the presidents of the football federations and the sports ministers of each of the committed nations and the head of the South American Confederation (CONMEBOL), Alejandro Domínguez.

One of the directors who will attend, the former tennis player and Minister of Sports of Paraguay, Diego Galeano, told Around The Rings before leaving for the Uruguayan capital, that his country, in addition to being involved in the organization of the South American Games in Asunción this October, is working in the co-sponsorship of the World Cup bid.

Galeano gave his statements shortly after finishing a new tour of the facilities that are being built or renovated with a view to the main event of the South American Sports Organization (ODESUR) from October 1 to 15, just two months before the opening.

The opening ceremony of the Games will be at the Defensores del Chaco soccer stadium, the most emblematic of Paraguay.

Soccer Football - Copa Sudamericana - Semi final - Second Leg - Libertad v Red Bull Bragantino - Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asuncion, Paraguay - September 29, 2021 General view inside the stadium before the match Pool via REUTERS/Jorge Saenz
Soccer Football - Copa Sudamericana - Semi final - Second Leg - Libertad v Red Bull Bragantino - Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asuncion, Paraguay - September 29, 2021 General view inside the stadium before the match Pool via REUTERS/Jorge Saenz

Galeano does not rule out that the long-awaited mega-event, the most important sporting event in the history of his nation, could be a sounding board for the aspirations of hosting the World Cup in eight years.

“This Tuesday will be very important because we are going to meet for the first time, operationally, after a long time and thus show the world that the four aspiring countries are willing to work hard, very hard,” said Galeano, with just two months at the helm of the Secretary of Sports.

“In Montevideo we will charge the battery confident that we can bring the Centennial World Cup not only to our countries, but to all of South America,” confirmed the young manager.

The intention of a World Cup in the four countries of the Southern Cone began to take form in 2017.

The last World Cup in South America was Brazil 2014.

The Uruguayan Football Association has invited the media to cover the ceremony and a subsequent press conference in person and virtually on Tuesday afternoon.

FILE PHOTO: General view of Al Arabi Sports Complex Stadium which will be used for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Doha, Qatar, July 3, 2022. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: General view of Al Arabi Sports Complex Stadium which will be used for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Doha, Qatar, July 3, 2022. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo

The 2022 Qatar World Cup will take place from November 21 to December 18 and the next edition in 2026 will be co-sponsored for the first time by three countries: the United States, Canada and Mexico. If FIFA bets on South America, then it would be the first time with headquarters in four nations.

For the moment, this “pre-candidacy” will compete with the one projected by Spain and Portugal, which has already shown 15 possible stadiums that they would use if they win the election. Morocco could also be presented as an option after losing to North America in 2026 and there is also talk of an interest from China

The emotional factor of staging matches of the 2030 tournament at the Centenario Stadium — where the 1930 final was played and won by the hosts — represents an advantage for the South Americans, Alejandro Domínguez said in Qatar shortly after his re-election as head of the CONMEBOL.

The South American bloc aspires to win the battle against well-known competitors and, above all, to convince FIFA. To think about investments and how to get the resources for a viable candidacy, there is time.