Uruguay–Argentina–Chile–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid

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2030 FIFA World Cup
Bid by Uruguay–Argentina–Chile–Paraguay 2030
Candidatura de Uruguay–Argentina–Chile–Paraguay 2030
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Tournament details
Host countries Uruguay
Teams48 (from 6 confederations)

The Uruguay–Argentina–Chile–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid[1][2] is an intended joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup by Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. The intended bid had initially been shared between only Uruguay and Argentina.[3][4] The intended bid followed an earlier web movement claiming that FIFA should give Uruguay hosting rights for the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup, which was held in Uruguay. Argentina has interest as[citation needed] their national team played the final, which resulted in a defeat against the host team.

The Uruguay–Argentina intention to bid was officially confirmed on 29 July 2017 before Paraguay was confirmed as the third host on 4 October 2017. Chile confirmed their bid to host with the group on 14 February 2019 as a joint communique from the confirmed nations.[5] Peru is also rumoured to be interested in hosting.[6] Bolivia asked to join the South American bid.[7]


The project was originally the idea of Abel Fialko,[8] a Uruguayan who lives in Israel.

Athens, the capital of Greece, the home of the ancient and first modern 1896 Summer Olympics, was considered by many observers during the 1996 bidding period as "the natural choice" for the Centennial Olympic Games of 1996. However, in the end, the US city of Atlanta was selected to host the Centennial Olympics. In 1997, Athens won the right to host the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Because of that incident, Fialko had a real concern that Uruguay's "historical rights" to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup (because Uruguay hosted the first edition of that tournament) would not be enough, and that Uruguay would end up having the same fate as Athens' failure to host the 1996 Olympics.[8]

Fialko then launched a website[9] in 1997 and began using the Internet to gather more and more people to his cause.[10]

On 4 October 2005, during his visit to Uruguay to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the inaugural FIFA World Cup, FIFA President Sepp Blatter had a meeting with the Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez. In that meeting Vázquez formally suggested that Uruguay could co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup with another Mercosur nation to commemorate the centenary of Uruguay 1930.

After the meeting, Blatter stated, "During our meeting, the President told me of his dream of seeing this tournament hosted in the region. I told him that today's dream could be tomorrow's vision, which in turn could become a proper initiative and finally a project. At present, the South American Football Confederation is scheduled to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and all (national) associations will be able to present their candidature when we begin the selection process at the end of 2006. Dr Nicholas Leoz tells me that with the system of rotation it will be the turn of South America in 2030. That is the situation as it currently stands.".[11]

Announcement of the intention to bid[edit]

A graphical representation of the shirts worn by Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi to promote the bid

The bidding period has not started, so an official bid is not possible at this stage. A joint bid intention was announced by the Argentine Football Association and the Uruguayan Football Association on 29 July 2017.[12] Before Uruguay and Argentina played out a goalless draw in Montevideo, Uruguay player Luis Suárez and Argentine captain Lionel Messi – who happened to be teammates at FC Barcelona – promoted the bid with commemorative shirts.[13]

On 31 August 2017, it was suggested Paraguay would join as a third host.[14] CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, confirmed the joint three-way bid in September 2017.[15] The inclusion of Paraguay as a host had previously been opposed by key Uruguayan Football Association official Wilmar Valdéz and President Tabaré Vázquez.[16][17]

On 14 February 2019, Chilean president Sebastián Piñera announced on his Twitter account that Chile will join the CONMEBOL bid and plans to co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. A formal announcement between all four presidents is expected but yet to be confirmed.[18]

Bid process[edit]

The Bidding Process is yet to begin but is expected to begin in 2020.

FIFA football tournament hosting experiences[edit]

Together, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay have hosted four FIFA events. Paraguay have yet to host a FIFA event.

Bid committee[edit]

On 20 March 2019, Argentina President Mauricio Macri, Chile President Sebastian Pinera, Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benítez and Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez accepted to create a bid committee with a representative from each country to coordinate with CONMEBOL. The first meeting will be in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 8 April 2019.[19]

Potential venues[edit]

For the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it has been confirmed that stadiums must have a capacity of at least 40,000 for group round matches and second round matches, 40,000 for quarter final and 60,000 for the semi-finals and at least 80,000 for the Opening Match and Final; none of the countries concerned have stadiums with such a capacity for the opening and final matches as of yet and the rules for 2030 have not been announced.[20]

There are no specific details of the venues that will be proposed by the Uruguay-Argentina or Uruguay-Argentina-Paraguay bid, but according to the statements, some information can be deduced. According to information that made public after Paraguay aspire to be included in the event, it was unofficially known that Argentina would have eight venues, that Uruguay would have three stadiums and that Paraguay would add two scenarios to the proposal.[21]

double-dagger denotes stadium used for previous men's World Cup tournaments (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay only)


In 2012, after a meeting between executives from Uruguay and Argentina, it was confirmed that the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata and the Estadio Centenario would be two of the main venues of the project.[22]

Also a new stadium in Santiago del Estero, the Estadio Único de Santiago del Estero will be built for the candidature.[23][24][25][26]

In October 2017, an official councilor from Mar del Plata proposed to start a process so that the city could be declared as an Argentine sub-venue for the event.[27] Also San Juan was also proposed as a venue of the World Cup, planning to reform the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario.[28]

Proposed cities in Argentina Buenos Aires
Estadio Monumental Antonio V. Libertidouble-dagger Estadio José Amalfitanidouble-dagger
Capacity: 61,688 Capacity: 49,540
El monumental.jpg Argentina A vs Inglaterra A 02.JPG
La Bombonera Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó
Capacity: 49,000 Capacity: 48,314
La Bombonera.jpg Duco-alcorta.jpg
Estadio Pedro Bidegain Estadio Nueva España
Capacity: 43,494 Capacity: 32,500
Nuevo Gasómetro.jpg Estadio España Campo de Juego.jpg
Estadio Nueva Chicago Estadio Diego Armando Maradona
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 26,000
  Argentinos Juniors Stadium.jpg
Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry
Capacity: 8,300
Córdoba Avellaneda
Estadio Mario Alberto Kempesdouble-dagger Estadio Presidente Perón Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón Estadio Libertadores de América
Capacity: 57,000 Capacity: 26,535 Capacity: 55,389 Capacity: 53,000
Estadio Kempes luego de finalizar un partido.jpg IACC1.jpg Estadio Presidente Peron.jpg
La Plata Santa Fe
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López Estadio 15 de Abril
Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 23,000 Capacity: 47,000 Capacity: 26,000
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata 20140510 2.jpg Nuevo Estadio Pincha Vista1.JPG Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López - Colón de Santa Fe.jpg Estadio 15 de Abril - Club Atlético Unión de Santa Fe - 13.jpg
Banfield Lanús Mendoza Mar del Plata
Estadio Florencio Sola Estadio Ciudad de Lanús Estadio Malvinas Argentinasdouble-dagger Estadio José María Minelladouble-dagger
Capacity: 34,901 Capacity: 47,027 Capacity: 40,268 Capacity: 35,354
Lenchosolabanf.jpg Editatón Club Lanús - Instalaciones (2).JPG Estadio Malvinas Argentinas (2).jpg José-María-Minella-Stadium present.JPG
Resistencia Rosario San Juan
Estadio Centenario Estadio Marcelo Bielsa Estadio Gigante de Arroyitodouble-dagger Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 48,500 Capacity: 25,286
Platea alta y baja del Estadio Centenario.jpg El Coloso del Parque 3.jpg Estadio Gigante de Arroyito.jpg Estadio San Jua del Bicentenario, Pocito.JPG
Lomas de Zamora Morón Quilmes Santiago del Estero
Estadio Eduardo Gallardón Nuevo Francisco Urbano Estadio Meiszner Estadio Único de Santiago del Estero
Capacity: 36,542 Capacity: 32,000 Capacity: 30,200 Capacity:
San Miguel de Tucuman Vicente López Victoria
Estadio Monumental José Fierro La Ciudadela Estadio Ciudad de Vicente López Estadio José Dellagiovanna
Capacity: 32,700 Capacity: 28,000 Capacity: 28,530 Capacity: 26,282


Chile has currently only two stadiums of over 40,000 seats, both located in its capital Santiago (Nacional and Monumental David Arellano). Other stadiums could require major investments as many other stadiums in other co-bid nations.

In March 2019, President Piñera announced that Chile will propose five cities for hosting the tournament: Santiago, Concepción, Antofagasta and Valparaíso, with a fifth city between Coquimbo and Temuco yet to be decided.[29] It is assumed that every stadia must be renewed in order to comply with the required criteria.

Santiago Proposed cities in Chile
Estadio Nacionaldouble-dagger Estadio Monumental David Arellano
Capacity: 48,745[30] Capacity: 47,347[31]
Estadio Nacional Copa América 2015 (18457081922).jpg Estadio Monumental 2009.jpg
Antofagasta Coquimbo
Estadio Regional de Antofagasta Estadio Sánchez Rumoroso
Capacity: 21,170[30] Capacity: 18,750
Estadio Calvo y Bascuñan.jpg EstadioFranciscoSánchezRumoroso.jpg
Temuco Valparaíso
Estadio Municipal Germán Becker Estadio Elías Figueroa
Capacity: 18,413[30] Capacity: 21,113[30]
Germán Becker Stadium - Temuco - Interior Panoramic View.jpg Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander - Valparaíso, Chile.jpg
Estadio Municipal de Concepción
Capacity: 30,448[30]


The fact of planning a joint bid between Uruguay and Argentina for the 2030 World Cup, corresponds to the fear of the Uruguayans of not being able to host a world tournament due to its scarce sports infrastructure. For this reason, the Paraguayan intention is to provide two venues and argue their inclusion in order to ensure the success of the candidacy.

In this case, about possible Paraguayan stadiums, both scenarios will correspond to the Asunción sub-sector, and it is speculated that they will be the Defensores del Chaco Stadium and the recently reopened General Pablo Rojas Stadium, popularly known as La Nueva Olla.[21] Like the Uruguayan case with Montevideo, Paraguay must receive the authorization of FIFA for that the sub-office in Asunción can provide two stadiums for the candidature.

In turn, the second Paraguayan headquarters would be in Ciudad del Este or Encarnación.[32] The Antonio Aranda Stadium (Ciudad del Este) is could be the second Paraguayan headquarters, following a project by the club 3 de Frebrero to modernize the stadium and have a capacity of 50.000 spectators, being the biggest stadium in Paraguay.[33]

Estadio General Pablo Rojas Estadio Defensores del Chaco Estadio Manuel Ferreira
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 42,354 Capacity: 22,000
Estadio General Pablo Rojas.jpg Defensores del Chaco 6-10-2016 2.jpg Para Uno.JPG
Ciudad del Este Luque Pedro Juan Caballero
Estadio Antonio Oddone Sarubbi Estadio Feliciano Cáceres Estadio Río Parapití
Capacity: 28,000 Capacity: 24,000 Capacity: 22,000
3 de febrero.jpg Estadio Feliciano Caceres 2010.jpg
Proposed cities in Paraguay


The Estadio Centenario would be one of the Uruguayan stadiums, and a candidate to host the final match. According to the president of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), Wilmar Valdez, Uruguay will have only two cities hosting matches, which will be Montevideo and Maldonado.

A likely candidate for a host stadium would be the Estadio Centenario, where the final of the first world championship was played in 1930 and which is Uruguay's largest stadium. With respect to the Maldonado sub-station, it would be the only stadium in that department, Domingo Burgueño Miguel Stadium. However, the organization plans a third stadium in Uruguay, which would be another one in the Montevideo sub-center.

Only two other stadiums in Montevideo could be taken into account: the Estadio Gran Parque Central (also host the first World Cup), or the recently inaugurated Estadio Campeón del Siglo. Also since the end of 2012, National has been promoting the inclusion of Gran Parque Central as the second stadium of the Montevideo venue in 2030,[34] which it ratified again in 2017.[35][36] The argument that will be presented for FIFA to considerate the National request for a second stadium in Montevideo will be the history of the stadium as one of the first two World Cup stadiums, together with the former Pocitos Stadium.[37] According to the president of the AUF, Wilmar Valdez, the stadium of Peñarol (Estadio Campeón del Siglo) will not be taken into account due to its accessibility problems.[38]

In April 2018 it was confirmed that Uruguay would present two venues (Montevideo and one in the interior of the country) and that the Uruguayan organization would have four stadiums: Centenario, Gran Parque Central and Campeón del Siglo in Montevideo, and also a new stadium outside of the capital.[38] 300 million dollars will be invested[clarification needed] to modernize the Estadio Centenario and another stadium will be built in the interior (probably in Punta del Este) with an investment of also 300 million dollars.[39]

Estadio Centenario double-dagger Estadio Campeón del Siglo Estadio Gran Parque Central double-dagger Estadio Luis Tróccoli
Capacity: 60,235 Capacity: 40,005 Capacity: 34,000 Capacity: 25,000
Actividades conmemorativas de las Instrucciones Año XIII 17.jpg Estadio Club Atletico Peñarol (08).jpg Recibimiento gran parque central vs fluminense.jpg Mural del artista Leopoldo Novoa Vista Centrica.jpg
Rivera Paysandú Maldonado
Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera Estadio Parque Artigas Estadio Domingo Burgueño
Capacity: 27,135 Capacity: 23,000 Capacity: 22,000
Riveraestadio.jpg Estadio Parque Artigas.png Colombia 1 Venezuela 0 Sudamericano Sub-20 2015 Cropped.jpg
Proposed cities in Uruguay Proposed venues in Montevideo

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Uruguay tiene la prioridad para recibir la final del Mundial 2030, anuncian presidentes
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  4. ^ Messi y Suárez apadrinan el Mundial Uruguay Argentina 2030 (in Spanish)
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