2030 World Cup will be held in 6 countries, with opening games in South America

On Wednesday (4), it was announced that the 2030 World Cup will have an unprecedented format and will be played for the first time on three continents.  The main venues will be neighbors Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

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However, the opening game will be in Montevideo, Uruguay, as a tribute to the first edition of the World Cup, played in 1930. With this, there will also be first round games in Argentina and Paraguay.

All six teams will automatically qualify for the tournament.

After the first games in South America, the remaining matches of the tournament will be on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, divided into European and African countries.

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The three main venues will still be ratified at the FIFA Congress next year, depending on the successful completion of the candidacy process. The decision to hold the first games in South America was also unanimously approved.

In a press conference, the president of the South American Football Confederation, Alejandro Domínguez, stated that the opening duel of the World Cup will be at the Centenário Stadium, in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay. According to Domínguez, FIFA will provide more details on how the 2030 World Cup will operate.

“More details will be provided by the organization and by FIFA itself. But it is a historic feat, and Conmebol is happy. We are honoring the memory of those who came before us. And today we are in a position to thank you back for the trust that FIFA and our colleagues gave us on this historic date”, said the Paraguayan.

Meanwhile, the FIFA president also released a statement about this World Cup, “In a divided world, FIFA and football are coming together. The FIFA Council, representing the entire football world, unanimously agreed to celebrate the centenary of the World Cup, the first edition of which was played in Uruguay in 1930, in the most appropriate way”.

“As a result, a celebration will take place in South America and three South American countries – Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay – will host one match each at the 2030 World Cup. The first of these three matches will, of course, be played in the stadium where it all began, at the mythical Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, precisely to celebrate the centenary edition of the World Cup”, said FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

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