Ukraine has joined Spain and Portugal in their bid to host the 2030 soccer World Cup, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) confirmed at UEFA headquarters the news of Ukraine’s participation in the bid.
UEFA supports Spain, Portugal and Ukraine’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
“Our offer is not an Iberian offer anymore, it is a European one,” Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Federation, said at a press conference at UEFA headquarters on Wednesday.
I am convinced that our offer now is much better than before. Football is universal and if it can change people’s lives in many ways, it should also be used for good.”
It will compete with other bids such as cooperation between Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia, as well as a South American joint bid from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.
Ukraine’s involvement in the UEFA-backed dossier is a powerful statement, as the eastern European country is currently defending its territory amid the ongoing Russian invasion.
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There is hope that the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be over by the time the 2030 World Cup is scheduled.
UEFA has previously made clear its commitment to seeing the World Cup in Europe, particularly Spain and Portugal.
Last month, President Aleksander Ceferin said he was confident Iberia’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup would be successful, saying: “I consider it a winning bid.