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FIFA wants 2030 World Cup centenary jointly staged by Uruguay and Argentina

Friday, July 5th 2013 - 00:50 UTC
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Grondona, the influential FIFA senior vide-president made the announcement Grondona, the influential FIFA senior vide-president made the announcement
Jose Nasazzi, captain of the victorious Uruguayan squad Jose Nasazzi, captain of the victorious Uruguayan squad
The poster of the first World Cup played in Montevideo  The poster of the first World Cup played in Montevideo

FIFA wants the centenary World Cup in 2030 to be jointly staged by Uruguay and Argentina, who met in the final of the inaugural tournament, Argentine FA (AFA) president Julio Grondona said on Thursday.

In 1930, Uruguay, then the double Olympic champions, beat Argentina 4-2 in the showpiece match at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo in front of a crowd of more than 80,000.

“FIFA wishes to celebrate the World Cup's 100 years in Argentina and Uruguay, I can confirm that,” said Grondona, the senior vice-president of world soccer's governing body.

”(An agreement) has been signed by the two associations (AFA and Uruguay's AUF). What will we do?…we'll see but surely something of quality,” Grondona told Argentina's Radio 10.

The only co-hosted World Cup finals were organised by Japan and South Korea in 2002.

The possibility of a joint (Argentina/Uruguay) World Cup has been in the air for some time and several years ago the two countries presented a joint draft project to FIA.

In 1930 Uruguay celebrated the centenary of its first Constitution and built for the occasion the Centenario, one of the largest stadiums of its time.

 

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  • The Truth PaTroll

    I have no idea why should Argentina allow Uruguay to host the World Cup, it would be a huge undertaking and as of this point Argentina cannot host the event unless it returns to the capital markets, which would be a disastrous idea.

    But even if it could in 10 years... given Uruguay's attitude about Argentina, why should we put up 9o% of the costs yet Uruguay gets half of the revenue? It is a non-starter.

    Even the more “equal” cost Japan-Korea was full of problems because of the co-hosting... no chance here.

    Jul 05th, 2013 - 01:21 am 0
  • reality check

    As with everything to do with FIFA.

    Money talks, honesty walks!

    Still it would seem to be the logical venue, if a deal could be arranged that would be fair and equitable to both sides.

    Jul 05th, 2013 - 05:04 am 0
  • JuanGabriel

    I wonder who Grondona will blame when the stadiums are not ready on time.

    Jul 05th, 2013 - 06:11 am 0
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