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4 South American nations submit joint bid to host 2030 World cup

Four South American country’s Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay have officially submitted their joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup showpiece a 100 years after the inaugural tournament was held in Montevideo.

The four South American nations have called for the World Cup to return to “where football was born”.

These nations will have to compete with joint bids from Spain and Portugal, and possible bids from Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

The United States, Canada and Mexico will co-host the 2026 World Cup.

South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) president Alejandro Dominguez said “The 2030 World Cup is not just another World Cup, it deserves a celebration with recognition for 100 years”.

“We are convinced that Fifa has an obligation to honour the memory of those who came before us and believed in greatness and made the first World Cup,” he added.

Two-time winners Uruguay won the first World Cup as hosts when it was held in the country’s capital Montevideo in 1930.

Argentina, the 1978 hosts, were crowned world champions for a third time at Qatar in 2022. While Chile also previously hosted footballs biggest Mondial in 1962.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas