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World Cup 2030: the South American candidacy is relaunched in Argentina with the impulse of the third star of the National Team


Conmebol, AFA and three other federations are preparing a special event in Buenos Aires to reaffirm their willingness to organize. The title in Qatar, key.

If the South American candidacy for the

2030 World Cup

made sense, the conquest of the

Argentine National Team



gave the region a boost that next Tuesday will materialize in a symbolic meeting that will have its own weight in June when








formalize with FIFA the desire to jointly organize the

centenary edition

of the World Cup.

The meeting will be at the Julio Grondona property of the

Argentine Football Association

(AFA) and will bring together the presidents of the confederations that wish to host the centenary edition of the competition;

the head of Conmebol,

Alejandro Domínguez

, and government officials from different countries.

They will look for in that photo, a message that travels the world and reaches FIFA: that 100 years after the first World Cup, there is no more propitious place than this territory for their dispute.

The president of the AFA,

Claudio Tapia

, will host a meeting in which, in addition to Domínguez, his peers from the associations involved in the candidacy will participate:

Ignacio Alonso


Robert Harrison



Sebastian Moreno


There will be the owners of most of the clubs of the

Professional Soccer League

and several of the Ascent, both from the interior and the metropolitan area, which make up the primary core of


's management , and representatives of each of the stars obtained: 1978 champions , 1986 and 2022.

Argentina, together with Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay, seeks to receive the 2030 World Cup.

Beyond the airs of sports leaders, to organize the World Cups, FIFA closes an agreement with governments.

And, as in Argentina, the World Cup is also on the agendas of the rest of the governments.

The Minister of

Tourism and Sports


Matías Lammens

, will also be part of the meeting with interests placed on the breadth of his portfolio: Sport, but mainly what it means at the Tourism level.

“The main argument is the opportunity to give back to South America what it contributed to this sport.

We are going to relaunch the candidacy of Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile for the 2030 World Cup”

, the minister announced in an interview on

La Red

radio .





are working together for the same purpose and even

Saudi Arabia

expressed interest.

Time is shortening: there is time until June to present the candidacies in Zurich and next year, at the next congress of the entity, the organizer will be defined.

The president of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomes;

that of the Royal Spanish Federation, Luis Rubiales and that of the Ukrainian Football Federation, Andriy Pavelko.

Photo EFE

"This meeting is going to give the (South American) candidacy important visibility

," Lammens said in the same interview.

There is a fifth country wishing to join the organization: although


did not make a formal request, former President

Evo Morales

publicly expressed that country's interest in adding a venue.

What chances does the quartet –or quintet- of South American countries have against the aspirations of Europeans or Arabs?

"In terms of material and economic resources they are more powerful, but what has to weigh is the tradition, the history and what South America meant for world football"

, they hoped in statements to Futurock.


Cristina Fernández and Julio Grondona at the time of the founding agreement with Uruguay.

In the background, Diego Maradona.

File photo/Guillermo Rodríguez Adami

The idea of ​​the Centenary World Cup in the region is more than a decade old and was the brainchild of the then AFA president

Julio Grondona

, who in 2010 had the go-ahead from the person in charge of FIFA, 

Josep Blatter

, who raised his thumb to the initiative that involved the first finalists as organizers:

Argentina and Uruguay


A year later, the first agreement between the governments of both countries was signed and bears the signatures of

Cristina Fernández


José Mujica


After Grondona's death in 2014, the idea lost strength in the AFA.

At that time, the succession of power could not find a president who would bring together unanimity and consensus -beyond dissidence- and the energies were not directed in that direction.

Luis Segura

, who assumed the vacant presidency, admitted he was not on the institutional agenda.




, then, took the post and candidate jointly and informally.

Before the FIFA Gate collapsed the foundations of the soccer organization, the then president of Conmebol,

Juan Ángel Napout , took over

Don Julio

's legacy

and promoted the Río de la Plata candidacy.

A year later, the then president of Argentina,

Mauricio Macri

, resumed the political momentum of the matter together with his Uruguayan

counterpart Tabaré Vázquez


It was at that moment that the AFA regained interest: the leaders expressed their approval, including Lammens, as president of San Lorenzo.

Without Napout and with Domínguez at the head of South American football, the project expanded borders: Chile and Paraguay joined Uruguay and Argentina.

After a journey of 13 years with political twists and turns -of football and the countries-, the AFA will relaunch the original idea of ​​Julio Grondona, in the Ezeiza property that bears his name.

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