Ukraine joins Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup

MADRID, Oct. 5 (.) –

Ukraine officially joined the candidacy of Spain and Portugal on Wednesday to organize the 2030 World Cup, as confirmed by the three parties at a joint press conference in Nyon (Switzerland), UEFA headquarters.

This proposal, indicated in a press release by the RFEF, “has the unconditional support of UEFA in a global project that transforms European football in an exceptional situation.” “Luis Rubiales and Fernando Gomes, top leaders of the RFEF and the FPF, understand that there is nothing better than a World Cup to strongly transmit a message that will serve as a source of inspiration in the future,” he added.

The candidacy has “the full support” of Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, and is intended to “build bridges and project a message of unity, solidarity and generosity on the part of all European football.” “The candidacy strengthens ties with Europe by generating hope and providing tools for reconstruction to the Ukrainian people, who have expressed their pride and gratitude for participating in this project,” he stressed.

The Coordinating Commission of the 2030 World Cup, led by Antonio Laranjo, is already working with the participation of Ukraine, which will soon incorporate the members of its delegation. The Ukrainian arrival does not alter the established roadmap since Spain maintains its eleven venues and Portugal will continue with three.

In this sense, the newspaper ‘The Times’, in charge of announcing this incorporation to the Iberian candidacy last Monday, reported that the forecast was that Ukraine would host one of the groups of this World Cup that will have 48 teams.

“The candidacy of Spain, Portugal and Ukraine has the approval of both the Government and the Head of State, and will meet all the deadlines for delivery according to the FIFA order book. We trust that the football family embrace and support this initiative,” declared the RFEF.

Ukraine already co-organized in 2012 with Poland, a border country, the European Championship that the Spanish team conquered precisely, and after the World Cup is held this year in Qatar and in 2026 in the United States, Mexico and Canada, it has many prospects for return to Europe.

At the moment, in addition to the project between Spain, Portugal and Ukraine, the one with Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile has been made official, which want to bring the event to South America taking advantage of the 100th anniversary of its first edition on Uruguayan soil, while there is another possibility of another joint candidacy between Greece, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“The candidacy of Spain, Portugal and Ukraine has the approval of both the Government and the Head of State, and will meet all the deadlines for delivery according to the FIFA order book. We trust that the football family embrace and support this initiative,” declared the RFEF.

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