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Argentina and Uruguay plan to launch a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup

Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez (L) welcomes his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri at the Anchorena presidential ranch in Colonia, Uruguay, on January 7, 2016 (Photo Credit: AFP.)

Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez (L) welcomes his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri at the Anchorena presidential ranch in Colonia, Uruguay, on January 7, 2016 (Photo Credit: AFP.)

Uruguay will bid to mark the centenary of its triumph in the first football World Cup by hosting the 2030 tournament jointly with rival Argentina, the countries’ presidents said Thursday.

Argentina’s new President Mauricio Macri was visiting neighboring Uruguay to warm up relations that cooled under his predecessor Cristina Kirchner. To strengthen their ties, “there is no better opportunity than committing to run as joint candidates to host that World Cup” in 2030, Macri said. That year will be the centenary of the first ever World Cup, at which hosts Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 in the final.

Macri spoke alongside his Uruguayan counterpart Tabare Vasquez, at the latter’s presidential ranch in Anchorena, southwestern Uruguay. Macri is a former president of top Argentina soccer club Boca Juniors, and Vasquez was president of Uruguayan side Progreso.

South America has staged only one edition of the World Cup — the Brazil 2014 tournament — since Argentina staged the event in 1978.

The tournament heads to Russia in 2018 before being staged in Qatar in 2022.

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  1. NaBUru38

    January 9, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I’m Uruguayan and I l9ve football. But I’m afraid that we would havevto oay taxes to build stadium and fill the pockets of corrupt football businessmen, instead of improving youth football fields and train coaches.

    Nacional has been expanding its stadium but is far from being ready for a 2030 World Cup. Peñarol is about to open their first proper stadium and I guess it could do.

    The Centenario is a monunent but very outdated. This year it will be used for “away” matches and derbies only.

    No other city can have a 40,000 stadium. That’s half the population of the largest towns. Even Punta del Este struggles to fill the Campus.

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