— Published 2 August 2022

The gang of four launches its candidacy

World Cup

D-Day for the South American bid for the World Cup in 2030. Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay officially launch this Tuesday, August 2 their common project. A ceremony of announcement is foreseen at 1:30 pm local (4:30 pm GMT) in the Centenario Stadium of Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. The place is not a coincidence: it is the place that hosted the final of the first soccer World Cup in 1930, won by Uruguay against Argentina (4-2). This was a way for the four South American countries to set the tone of their bid campaign, which is very much influenced by history and the 100th anniversary of the World Cup. In case of victory, the final of the 2030 World Cup would be played in the same Centenario Stadium in Montevideo. The Uruguayan Minister of Sports, Sebastian Bauza, suggested this even before the official launch of the project: “For us, it should be called the Centennial World Cup 2030. What we need to focus on is the Centennial World Cup. The celebration of 100 years of the first World Cup will be there. Back to the legend, back to the roots!