Official: Ukraine to bid for 2030 World Cup with Spain, Portugal

2022-10-06 10:49

Official: Ukraine to bid for 2030 World Cup with Spain, Portugal

Ukraine will jointly bid with Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup. The plan has been confirmed by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).

Martin Ziegler, a well-known sports journalist now working for The Times, first reported the news on Tuesday.

The president of the Spanish and Portuguese football federations said in a press conference organized by UEFA that the plan was aimed at "contributing to the recovery of a country that is being rebuilt", in order to demonstrate the transformative power of football in society.

"Bringing hope to Ukrainians"

The president of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomes, said the inclusion of Ukraine in Spain's bid to host the 2030 World Cup was a "logical and natural decision". "Football is so much more than football," he said. "The catastrophe, the flight of millions of Ukrainians, the uncertainty about the future... it all influenced our decision to include Ukraine in this plan. "Helping Ukrainians means integrating them into our projects and giving them hope for the future."

"Represents the transformative power football can have in society"

After Gomez, Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation, also emphasized the significance of inviting Ukraine to bid for the 2030 World Cup. He said: "There is a lot to gain from this bid: history, fantastic stadiums, food, tourism... Today, we take another step forward: together we represent the transformative power of football on society. I believe that the current bidding plan is much better than before.”

"I am sure that in my country, in Spain, both football and society, will be proud of the important legacy this bid has left on history," said Rubiales. "If football changes people's lives, it must also improve society."

Full support from UEFA

It is reported that UEFA (UEFA) unconditionally supports Ukraine, Spain and Portugal in the joint bid for the right to host the 2030 World Cup. Their current main opponents are Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay in South America, as well as Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia.