Uruguay, Argentina To Announce Bid To Host 2030 World Cup
Uruguay and Argentina "will officially launch their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup next week at a ceremony involving the country's two leaders," Uruguay President Tabaré Vázquez said on Monday, according to the AFP. Vázquez added that the formal announcement of the bid would take place during a visit to Uruguay by Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Aug. 30. The move "coincides with Uruguay's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Montevideo" on Aug. 31. The joint bid between the South American neighbors had "long been signaled." Uruguay, which hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930, is "hoping to win the rights to the tournament with Argentina to mark the centenary of the event." South America last staged the World Cup in Brazil in '14, and any bid for '30 is "likely to face stiff competition from the Asian region, where China is expected to be the front-runner to stage the finals" (AFP, 8/22).