« Chiqui Tapia, President of the Argentine Football Association, enthusiastically declared, ‘Argentinians are going to host the 2030 World Cup’ in a press conference along with Sergio Massa, Minister of Economy of Argentina, and Matias Lammens, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Argentina, held at the premises of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires on Thursday.
Lionel Messi, Argentina’s football legend, was among the first to hear about the hosting decision.
“He always continues to dream of having the best player in the world there. I noticed that he was very happy, happy that Argentina can host and host the opening match of 2030,” Tapia mentioned.
“The state will not have to invest anything. Russia spent $15 billion for the 2018 World Cup, and Qatar spent a whopping $220 trillion for the 2022 World Cup,” President Chiqui Tapia said highlighting Argentina’s unique approach.
Sergio Massa, the Minister of Economy, congratulated Argentine football. He also mentioned that other cities like Cordoba, Santiago del Estero, Mendoza, and Rosario Santa Fe could propose alternatives.
“It would be very good for the development of the country’s strategy around the World Cup and beyond,” he stated.
Matias Lammens, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, emphasised the significance of the event.
“The world is going to be looking at Argentina with everything that it represents in football terms, but in terms of opportunities to show Argentina to the world that we have an important economic impact here,” he shared.
The 2030 World Cup, marking the tournament’s centenary, is set to span three continents and six different countries. FIFA has announced that the first three matches will be played in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay, with the remaining 101 games scheduled for Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.
The only confirmed stadium so far is Uruguay’s historic Centenario de Montevideo, which hosted most matches during the inaugural 1930 World Cup. While Argentina and Paraguay have yet to officially confirm their venues, the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires is a strong candidate.
In Spain, Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville are expected to host various matches, with Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid possibly hosting the grand finale. Other approved stadiums include the Metropolitano (Madrid), Camp Nou (Barcelona), Cornella (Barcelona), and La Cartuja (Seville). Several other stadiums across Spain are being considered for remodeling to meet FIFA regulations.
Portugal is likely to feature stadiums such as Da Luz (Lisbon), Jose Alvalade (Lisbon), and Dragao (Porto) in the World Cup lineup, with reports suggesting they will have a maximum of three venues.
In Morocco, the favoured cities to host matches include Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier, Agadir, Marrakech, and Fez, although final selections remain unclear.
The 2030 World Cup promises to be a historic event, uniting nations and showcasing the passion and excitement of football on its 100th anniversary. »