Ukraine joins Spain and Portugal’s joint bid to host 2030 World Cup

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Ukraine has joined Spain and Portugal of their bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

The partnership between the three international locations was confirmed by leaders of the international locations’ three soccer federations at UEFA headquarters Wednesday.

“This is the dream of millions of Ukrainian fans. The dream of people who survived the horrors of war or are still in the occupied territories, over which the Ukrainian flag will surely fly soon,” mentioned Andriy Pavelko, president of Ukraine’s soccer federation, at a information convention Wednesday.

He mentioned the transfer was sanctioned by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Ukraine has been underneath full-scale invasion by Russia since February.

Details weren’t given on what number of video games can be held in Ukraine, or by which cities, however the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv hosted the finals of the 2012 European Championship and the 2018 Champions League.

“Now it’s not the Iberian bid, it’s the European bid,” Spain’s soccer federation president, Luis Rubiales, mentioned on the information convention, in accordance to the Associated Press. “Together we represent the power of transformation football has in society.”

Spain and Portugal beforehand introduced their joint bid in June 2021. The new bid faces competitors from a collaboration between Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia, and a South American bid between Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.

FIFA will vote to select the host in 2024.

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