Confirmation of the candidacy of Spain, Portugal and Ukraine for the 2030 World Cup

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NYON, Switzerland — Ukraine has joined Spain and Portugal in their bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced on Wednesday. in what they hailed as an act of European solidarity. .

They said the decision, announced at a press conference at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters, had the full support of European football’s governing body as well as the governments of Spain, Portugal and Ukraine.

“Our bid is no longer an Iberian bid, it’s a European bid,” said Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF.

“I am convinced that now our offer is much better than before. Football is universal and if it is capable of changing people’s lives in so many ways, it should also be used for good,” Rubiales added. .

Spain, Portugal and Ukraine’s bid for the 2030 tournament will compete with other bids such as a collaboration between Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia, and a South-South proposal. American joint of Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.

Rubiales said the details of Ukraine’s inclusion in the Spanish-Portuguese bid would be worked out in the coming months.

“We are convinced that by 2030 we will have peace in Europe and that Ukraine will be able to host it (the tournament) in the best possible way,” said FPF president Fernando Soares Gomes da Silva.

The head of the Ukrainian Football Federation, Andriy Pavelko, also attended Wednesday’s press conference.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24 in the largest military operation seen in Europe since World War II. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in seven months of fighting, millions have fled and towns and villages have been reduced to rubble. Moscow calls its action a “special military operation” to disarm and “denazify” Ukraine, while Kyiv and its Western allies say it is an illegal land grab.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the RFEF said: “The candidacy (of Spain, Portugal and Ukraine) strengthens ties with Europe by generating hope and providing tools for reconstruction to the people. Ukrainian, who expressed his pride and gratitude for his participation in this project. .”

The 2022 World Cup will start on November 20 in Qatar, while the 2026 tournament will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

(Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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