The battle among the countries who wish to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup is heating up, the competing countries at this stage being England (Ireland and UK), Morocco, Spain, Uruguay and Egypt. Bidding opens officially midway in 2022, although FIFA will only vote on the host country in 2024.
Betting sites currently only give England a 12,5% chance, and should they win the hosting bid, then Wembley would probably be the chosen venue for the final, as this famous stadium has the capacity to hold 90,000 spectators. The UK and Ireland could plan a joint bid together with an expanded 48-team format. Wembley also has many VIP boxes as well as excellent transport networks. The one issue against this hosting is the violent behaviour that was seen during the Euro 2020 final when fans without tickets stormed the gates causing utter mayhem!
Possible successful host nations at this stage seem to favour Morocco or Uruguay. Morocco’s odds at present are 2/1 and the Moroccans could share the hosting with Algeria and Tunisia which would spread the costs of this prestigious event. The last time that the World Cup was held on the African continent was in 2010.
Uruguay’s odds come in at 6/1 and they could team up with Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. Perhaps even more South American countries may join in the bid? Uruguay’s Estadio Centenario has the capacity to hold 60,000 spectators, while Argentina’s La Bombonera and Estadio Marcelo Bielsa are also viable venues.
Egypt comes in with a 9/1 chance as their football federation president, Hany Abo Rida, said two years ago that “Egypt is now able to host any non-African competition.” However, accommodation for 48 teams and the possible coronavirus status are current issues.
Spain, as an established football nation, follows with a 12/1 chance. If Spain joined its bid with Portugal, then their odds would improve, but whether a European bidder will even be considered remains to be seen.
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Author: David Beggs