(WFI) Argentina and Uruguay are still on board for co-hosting the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
The presidents of the two countries reaffirmed their interest during a joint news conference in Buenos Aires on Monday as reported by multiple news outlets.
Argentina President Mauricio Mauri and Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez originally announced in January a joint bid to co-host the 100-year anniversary World Cup.
Uruguay hosted the first World Cup in 1930, defeating Argentina 4-2 in the final. Uruguay also hosted and won the 1950 event while Argentina did the honors in 1978, when it won the first of its two World Cups.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino backed the idea of a co-hosted or even regional World Cup during his campaign to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter earlier this year. Following his election in February, he gave tentative backing to an Argentina/Uruguay joint bid.
Before Infantino, FIFA had frowned upon joint bids since 2002, when Japan and South Korea shared the tournament.
Russia hosts the next World Cup in 2018 with Qatar after that in 2022. North America is believed to be the favorite for 2026, either with the United States going solo or in a regional bid with Mexico and Canada. FIFA has made 2020 the target date for a decision on the 2026 host.
By INSIDER Gerard Farek
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