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2030 FIFA World Cup to be hosted on three continents

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David GOMBE

The 2030 men’s FIFA World Cup will be hosted by six countries on three continents, world football’s governing body has said.

In Europe, Spain and Portugal, will be the main co-hosts, along with Morocco in North Africa.

Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina will get an opening match each to mark the 100 years since the first global Showpiece took place in Uruguay.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a statement,

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“In 2030, we will have a unique global footprint, three continents Africa, Europe and South America six countries – Argentina, Morocco, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay welcoming and uniting the world while celebrating together the beautiful game, the centenary and the FIFA World Cup.”

“The FIFA Council also agreed unanimously that the only bid to host them FIFA World Cup 2030 will be the joint bid of Morocco, Portugal and Spain,” added Infantino.

“Two continents Africa and Europe united not only in a celebration of football but also in providing unique social and cultural cohesion. What a great message of peace, tolerance and inclusion.” Said the FIFA boss

The first game of the tournament will take place in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, the city which hosted the first World Cup finals match 93 years ago with hosts Uruguay winning the tournament.

Argentina were runners-up in the tournament, while Paraguay is recognised as the traditional home of CONMEBOL.

Matches in Argentina and Paraguay will follow, before the rest of the 48-team tournament moves to north Africa and Europe.

The 2030 edition of the World Cup will see Morocco host the global tournament for the first time, also becoming the first North African side to host official games.

Morocco will also become only the second African nation to host World Cup finals matches, after South Africa in 2010.

Portugal have never hosted a World Cup before, but staged Euro 2004 while Spain were hosts in 1982.

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