BUENOS AIRES: Julio Grondona, president of the Argentinian football federation, believes that world federation FIFA wants Uruguay and Argentina to host the World Cup in 2030.

The idea of a joint hosting was suggested originally by the Uruguayan federation to celebrate the centenary of the inaugural finals in 1930 – in which Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 in the final in Montevideo.

Grondona, who is also  senior vice-president of FIFA, said he thought it would like the two countries to stage the 2030 event.

In a radio interview he said: “FIFA wishes to celebrate the World Cup’s 100 years in Argentina and Uruguay, I can confirm that – an agreement has been signed by the two national associations. What will we do? We’ll see, but surely it will be something of quality.”

Japan and South Korea staged the only jointly hosted World Cup to date, in 2002. However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has since said that the decision to award the tournament to two countries was an exception to the rule.

Under a change of rules, the choice of World Cup host is now to be taken by the full FIFA Congress and not by the executive committee alone as it was – for example – for 2018 and 2022.


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