After weeks of negotiations, it’s finally official! Paraguay has joined Uruguay and Argentina in a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup. The news, as it turns out, was broken this morning on Twitter by Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes.
Confirmo que ya estamos de acuerdo los Presidentes de #Paraguay #Argentina y #Uruguay para pelear la candidatura del Mundial de Fútbol 2030
— Horacio_Cartes (@Horacio_Cartes) 31 August 2017
If successful, the 2030 World Cup would be played in stadiums spanning the three countries and each nation would automatically qualify as host. Canada, Mexico and the US have also made a similar joint bid for the 2026 tournament.
According to the current plans, Paraguay and Uruguay would contribute three stadiums and the remaining six would be located in Argentina. In its current format, 32 teams participate in the World Cup. As of 2026, this is set to increase to 48. Hosting a World Cup is not cheap as many Brazilians know, thus potentially splitting the bill three ways has financial benefits as well.
Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930, where they defeated noisy neighbors (heh) Argentina in the final. A hundred years later it seems fitting that Uruguay should host the competition another time, at least, this was the original motive behind the bid.
The World Cup came to Buenos Aires in 1978, during the last military dictatorship, which resulted in Argentina’s first World Cup win.