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Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to make joint bid for 2030 World Cup

Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to make joint bid for 2030 World Cup”

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes had said in August that his country would join the shared bid by neighbours Argentina and Uruguay, which hosted and won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

Argentina's president Mauricio Macri, center, and his counterparts, Uruguay's Tabaré Vázquez, right, and Paraguay's Horacio Cartes attend a news conference after meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

The presidents of the three football federations held a joint press conference in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to announce the move.

"We're going to organise a great World Cup because there's plenty of soccer passion in this region of the world".

Uruguay staged the first World Cup in 1930.

South America last hosted the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

Concerning Uruguay's reported reluctance to include Paraguay in the bid, Macri said it took him only "40 seconds" to convince Vazquez to accept Paraguay.

"The subject came up and, after just over 40 seconds of talking about it, we had agreed on the possibility of an Argentina-Uruguay bid", he said, adding that the possibility of bringing Paraguay into the bid came later.

Macri added that the three countries participating together gave "more power" to the bid.

In April, the United States, Mexico and Canada formally announced their joint bid for the 2026 tournament, although the United States would host the majority of the matches.

No other bid has yet been announced for the 2030 tournament, although China has declared an interest in hosting the event in the future. They also did not discuss how much investment would be needed for the 48-team tournament. The host nation for the 2026 competition has yet to be decided.



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