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2030 FIFA World Cup Spain-Portugal bid may win, says UEFA

2030 FIFA World Cup Spain-Portugal bid

Despite the joint bid from Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the proposal by Spain-Portugal appears to have an edge to host the world’s most significant sports event.

The governing body of soccer in Europe, known as UEFA, maintains a confident stance that Spain and Portugal will provide the proper infrastructure and atmosphere to welcome the world in 2030. Considering South America’s most recent 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin believes the quadrennial tournament will be shared by two countries on the Iberian Peninsula.

“I see it as a winning bid. We will do what we can to help the bid,” stated Ceferin.

Europe’s history of hosting World Cup tournaments

Moreover, the World Cup will come to North America in 2026 as the USA, Canada, and Mexico await tremendous opportunities to boost economies with soccer. Therefore, FIFA’s 2030 return to Europe, instead of the Americas, seems very plausible. This year’s event will be held in the Middle East for the first time, showing that FIFA is open to taking its ever-growing tournament to specific countries around the globe that haven’t hosted it before.

The last time the Iberian Peninsula hosted was in Spain 1982, where Paolo Rossi and the Azzurri won the World Cup for Italy. Therefore, the 2030 World Cup could be the first time in Portugal’s history as host. However, Portugal is not a stranger to hosting a prestigious soccer tournament. The country on the Atlantic coast hosted Euro 2004, when Greece won the European Championship in remarkable fashion.

Since the dawn of the World Cup in 1930, South America has hosted the quadrennial event five times: Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950, Chile 1962, Argentina 1978, and Brazil 2014. If Spain-Portugal wins the bid, Europe will mark its record ninth time as host, depending on whether or not Russia counts as a transcontinental nation, despite its United Nations classifications as a European country.

For the 2030 FIFA World Cup, a dozen Spanish stadiums are included in the bid, and three in the Portuguese Republic.

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  1. jason

    September 5, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Will they put that one in the fall/winter? The heat in Spain and Portugal in summer is crazy too.

    • dave

      September 6, 2022 at 9:26 am

      There is risk playing outdoors in the northern hemisphere in summer, but climates are on average much different. Typical daily high/low temperatures in June-July:
      * Doha (2022) – high 105F, low 85F
      * Lisbon – high 80F, low 65F
      * Madrid – high 85F, low 65F
      * Rio (2014) – high 80F, low 65F
      * Moscow (2018) – high 75F, low 55F
      * Mexico City (2026) – high 75F, low 55F
      * NYC (2026) – high 85F, low 65F
      * Toronto (2026) – high 75F, low 60F
      Water temperature in June near Doha is 85-90F, so there is not even hope for a cool sea breeze. It is a head-scratching outlier locale for a June-July outdoor athletic event

      • NaBUru38

        September 6, 2022 at 11:33 am

        Madrid regularly has 90-95F during the summer.

        • dave

          September 6, 2022 at 2:50 pm

          Many mid-latitude locales commonly have summer high temperatures 10 degrees F higher or lower than their daily average. Playing percentages, a June tournament in Madrid will have high temperatures that are on average about 20 degrees F lower than Doha
          In June 2022, Madrid had a week with highs in the low-mid 90s (a regular occurrence as you note) and another week with highs in the mid-70s (not surprising given an average high around 85F). In June 2022, Doha high temperatures ranged between 100F and 120F

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