The Spanish-Portuguese summit to host the 2030 World Cup

Top football leaders from Spain and Portugal, as well as representatives from the two countries, met on Monday to discuss Iberian bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

The summit was held in the sports city of the Portuguese national team, with the participation of the presidents of the Spanish and Portuguese federations, Luis Rubiales and Fernando Gomez, respectively.

The Spanish Federation said that government officials were also present to finalize the details of a bid that was “entering its final stage”.

“The governments of Spain and Portugal were combined in this crucial meeting, and they participated in all matters of an operational and strategic nature,” the Spanish football governing body highlighted.

“Teams of work in both associations are today engaged in different materials to further enhance the construction after several months of working on an exciting and luxurious proposal,” he added.

Morocco was previously listed as a bidder, but was eventually disqualified.

Portugal hosted the 2004 European Championship and the 2019 Nations League.

Spain hosted the 1982 World Cup and the 1982 Barcelona Olympics, unsuccessful in several attempts to gain another Olympic position.

The Iberian candidacy will come against a joint venture of Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay. South Americans want to appeal to the nostalgic factor that in 2030 will be celebrated the centenary of the first World Cup, to be held in Uruguay.

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Qatar will host later this year and the 2026 tournament will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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