South American trio sign cooperation pact for 2030 World Cup bid
The three-way South American bid to stage the 2030 Fifa World Cup has stepped up a gear after the governments and domestic soccer federations of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay signed a memorandum of understanding.
The agreement "establishes the cooperation that the governments... will give to the federations to prepare and present the bid," according to Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga.
Paraguay president Horacio Cartes hosted Loizago and his counterparts Jorge Faurie of Argentina and Rodolfo Nin Novoa of Uruguay, as well as representatives of the national federations and Conmebol, the South American soccer confederation, at the presidential palace in the capital Asuncion yesterday.
Faurie told Paraguayan media: "We are certain that the international football world will grant us the chance to host the World Cup."
The 2030 World Cup will mark 100 years since the inaugural tournament in Uruguay, which the hosts won, beating Argentina in the final.
South America last staged the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and a bid for the 2030 tournament could face competition from China and England/the UK.