2030 World Cup: Ukraine Joins Spain And Portugal’s Bid For Hosting Rights

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Representatives of the Spanish, Portuguese and Ukrainian football federations have confirmed their plans at UEFA’s headquarters on Wednesday to bid jointly for the 2030 World Cup hosting rights.

Spain and Portugal had originally announced a joint bid in June 2021.

Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish federation (RFEF), said: “Our bid is not an Iberian bid any more, it’s a European bid. I’m convinced that now our bid is much better than before. Football is universal and if it is capable of changing the life of people in so many ways it should also be used for doing good.”

A statement from the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) read: “The three-way partnership has “unconditional support” from UEFA. The example of tenacity and resilience set by the Ukrainian people is inspiring. This proposal aims to contribute through the power of football to the recovery of a country undergoing reconstruction.”

“We are convinced that by 2030 we will have peace in Europe and that Ukraine will be able to host it in the best way possible,” FPF president Fernando Soares Gomes da Silva concluded.

The Spain, Portugal and Ukraine bid face a fierce competition from a joint South American proposal - Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile, as well as a collaboration between Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia.

Source: SuperSports