The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) hosted the first World Cup in July of 1930 in Uruguay. The country’s national football team beat Argentina in the final 4-2. Flash forward a better part of a century and both countries are throwing their hats into the ring to host the 100th-anniversary edition of World Cup — one of the most popular sporting event in the world.
Both Argentina and Uruguay have hosted and won the World Cup in the past, but neither has had the opportunity to serve as host more than once. FIFA has selected Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, and France more than once since 1930.
FIFA has recently selected locations where the games have never been hosted. However, previously hosting the Cup like other countries could give them a competitive edge. What could be better than having the original country co-host the centennial World Cup, right?
The idea, first presented in 2016 and reported by TyC Sports, has developed during the year. Mac Allister, the Macri administration’s Sports Secretary, and the general secretary of the Argentine Football Association, Gustavo Leon, joined Uruguayan minister of tourism and the Uruguayan Football Association’s president, Wilmar Valdez, in Buenos Aires.
After four hours of deliberation, the decision was publically announced in the capital. Both countries agree that every second is critical in crafting a plan to incorporate aspects from Uruguay and Argentina as well as complete the paperwork and regulations for FIFA.
A little over 12 years away from the 2030 World Cup, news about the 2026 World Cup was released by Gianni Infantino, FIFA president. The Guardian reveals FIFA’s goal to expand the current 32 national teams to 48 in order to increase revenue and profit.
Montevideo, Uruguay will be the meeting place for the two presidents. They plan to agree on the potential candidacy’s final details before submitting it to FIFA. Two excited countries hope to streamline the process to secure their presence in the centennial World Cup.