Less than two months from the start of the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18), all eyes are already on the 2030 edition.
Monday, the British newspaper The Times revealed that Ukraine is set to join Spain and Portugal in their joint bid to host the World Cup in 2030. Ukraine would host one of the tournament groups, as part of a plan which was reportedly endorsed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the governments of Spain and Portugal.
The new partnership is due to be announced by the Spanish and Portuguese football chiefs at a press conference at the headquarters of European governing body UEFA on Wednesday, the British newspaper said. The proposal taps into the idea that football can restore hope and peace, as Ukraine has been at war with Russia for months. Although security guarantees are needed, organizers expect that by 2030 the Russian invasion will have been over for some time and the reconstruction of the country will be fully underway.
But UEFA believes the World Cup should be played exclusively in Europe in 2030, with the tournament taking place in Qatar this year and the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026. The competition host is expected to be chosen at the 2024 FIFA Congress.