Ukraine joins Spain and Portugal bid to host 2030 World Cup Tournament

Ukraine has joined Spain and Portugal in their bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

News of Ukraine’s involvement in the bid was confirmed by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) at the Swiss headquarters of UEFA.

The Spain, Portugal and Ukraine bid for the 2030 World Cup is backed by UEFA, European football’s governing body.

“Our bid is not an Iberian bid anymore, it’s a European bid,” Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish association, said at a news conference at the Swiss headquarters of UEFA on Wednesday.

“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.”

It will compete against other bids such as a collaboration between Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia, as well as a joint South American proposal from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.

The involvement of Ukraine in the UEFA-backed bid is a powerful statement, with the eastern European country currently defending its land amid Russia’s ongoing invasion.

There is hope that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will be over by the time the 2030 World Cup is due to take place.

UEFA has previously outlined its commitment to seeing the World Cup played in Europe, in particular Spain and Portugal.

Last month, president Aleksandr Ceferin said he was confident the Iberian bid for the 2030 World Cup will be successful, saying: “I see it as a winning bid. We will do what we can to help the bid.

“It is time for Europe to host the World Cup. Both countries are passionate about football, you feel, you smell football in Spain and Portugal. The infrastructure is great, and we have some plans to help.

“We have already spoken with Fernando (Gomes) and Luis Rubiales. I think and I am sure that the 2030 World Cup will be played in Spain and Portugal.”

However, it is also thought that Saudi Arabia is looking to present a joint bid with Egypt to host the World Cup in 2030.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Oleksandr Usyk defended his heavyweight boxing world titles against Anthony Joshua in August.

The World Cup is being held in Qatar this year and in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026.

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