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Grondona backs South American neighbours to host World Cup

Grondona backs South American neighbours to host World Cup

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Argentinian Football Association president Julio Grondona believes that FIFA wants Uruguay and Argentina to host the 2030 World Cup.

Argentinian Football Association president Julio Grondona believes that FIFA wants Uruguay and Argentina to host the 2030 World Cup.

Grondona, who is also the senior vice-president of world football’s governing body, said on Thursday that FIFA would like the two countries to stage the centenary edition of the sport’s showpiece tournament. Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930, when the home country beat Argentina 4-2 in the final in Montevideo to lift the first world title in the sport.

“FIFA wishes to celebrate the World Cup’s 100 years in Argentina and Uruguay, I can confirm that,” Grondona said on Argentina’s Radio 10 station, according to Reuters. “(An agreement) has been signed by the two (national) associations (in Argentina and Uruguay). What will we do? We’ll see, but surely it will be something of quality.”

Japan and South Korea staged the only jointly hosted World Cup to date, in 2002. However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has since said that the decision to award the tournament to two countries was an exception to the rule.