MADRID, 4 Oct. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Ukraine is going to join the joint candidacy of Spain and Portugal to host the World Cup in 2030, as revealed on Monday by the English newspaper ‘The Times’, which indicates that the country, currently at war with Russia, would be in charge to host one of the groups.
The prestigious newspaper points out that this idea has the support of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and by the governments of the two Iberian countries in a proposal that “takes advantage of the idea that football can restore hope and peace”.
This new association could be officially announced this Wednesday in Nyon (Switzerland), UEFA headquarters, when the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced this Monday that they were going to give a press conference to “update information” on this candidacy, with the presence of their respective presidents, Luis Rubiales and Fernando Gomes.
‘The Times’ indicates that although security guarantees would be needed in Ukraine, it is expected that by the time this World Cup is held, within eight years, the Russian invasion will have ended and the country will have begun its reconstruction.
Ukraine already co-organized in 2012 with Poland, a border country, the European Championship that the Spanish team conquered precisely, and after the World Cup is held this year in Qatar and in 2026 in the United States, Mexico and Canada, it has many prospects for return to Europe.
At the moment, in addition to the Iberian project, the one from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile has been made official, which want to bring the event to South America taking advantage of the 100th anniversary of its first edition on Uruguayan soil, while there is another possibility of another joint candidacy between Greece, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.