03 .FIFA World Cup - Bids 13 (Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid)

03 .FIFA World Cup - Bids 13 (Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid)

Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid

Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay 2030
Uruguay-Argentina-Paraguay 2030.pngCandidatura Uruguay-Argentina-Paraguay 2030 logo.jpg

The Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay FIFA World Cup 2030 bid is a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup by Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay. The bid had initially been shared between only Uruguay and Argentina. The bid followed an earlier web movement claiming that FIFA should give Uruguay hosting rights for the 100th anniversary of the first world cup held in 1930.

The Uruguay–Argentina bid was officially confirmed on 29 July 2017 before Paraguay was confirmed as the third host on 4 October 2017. Chile is also rumoured to be interested in hosting.

Original Uruguay & Argentina 2030 Bid logo



The project was originally the idea of Abel Fialko, a Uruguayan, resident in Israel.

Athens, the capital of Greece, the home of the ancient and first modern 1896 Summer Olympics, was considered by many observers during the 1996 bidding period as "the natural choice" for the Centennial Olympic Games of 1996. However, in the end, the US city of Atlanta was selected to host the Centennial Olympics. In 1997, Athens won the right to host the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Because of that incident, Fialko had a real concern that Uruguay's "historical rights" to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup (because Uruguay hosted the first edition of that tournament) would not be enough, and that Uruguay would end up having the same fate as Athens' failure to host the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Abel Fialko then launched a website in 1997 and began gathering more and more people, using the internet, to his cause.

Using the benefits of the Internet to his advantage, and realising that through it, the World was literally a global village, Fialko managed to bring upon himself the attention of many of his countrymen. Soon the world media learned of the initiative and Fialko was interviewed several times.

On Tuesday 4 October 2005, during his visit to Uruguay to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the inaugural FIFA World Cup, FIFA President Sepp Blatter had a meeting with the Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez. In that meeting Vázquez formally suggested that Uruguay could co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup with another Mercosur nation to commemorate the centenary of Uruguay 1930.

After the meeting, Sepp Blatter stated, "During our meeting, the President told me of his dream of seeing this tournament hosted in the region. I told him that today's dream could be tomorrow's vision, which in turn could become a proper initiative and finally a project. At present, the South American Football Confederation is scheduled to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and all (national) associations will be able to present their candidature when we begin the selection process at the end of 2006. Dr Nicholas Leoz tells me that with the system of rotation it will be the turn of South America in 2030. That is the situation as it currently stands.".

Official bid

A joint bid was announced by the Argentine Football Association and the Uruguayan Football Association on 29 July 2017. Before Uruguay and Argentina played out a goalless draw in Montevideo, FC Barcelona players Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi promoted the bid with commemorative shirts.

On 31 August 2017, it was suggested Paraguay would join as a third host. CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, confirmed the joint three-way bid in September 2017. The inclusion of Paraguay as a host had previously been opposed by key Uruguayan Football Association official Wilmar Valdéz and President Tabaré Vázquez.

A graphical representation of the shirts worn by Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi to promote the bid

FIFA football tournament hosting experiences

Together, Argentina and Uruguay have hosted four FIFA events. Paraguay have yet to host an event.

  •  Argentina
    • 1978 FIFA World Cup
    • 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship
  •  Uruguay
    • 1930 FIFA World Cup
    • 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Potential venues

For the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it has been confirmed that stadiums must have a capacity of at least 40,000 for group round matches and second round matches, 40,000 for quarter final and 60,000 for the semi-finals and at least 80,000 for the Opening Match and Final; none of the countries concerned have stadiums with such a capacity for the opening and final matches as of yet.

There are no specific details of the venues that will be proposed by the Uruguay-Argentina or Uruguay-Argentina-Paraguay bid, but according to the statements, some information can be deduced. According to information that made public after Paraguay aspirate to be included in the event, it was unofficially known that Argentina would have eight venues, that Uruguay would have three stadiums and that Paraguay would add two scenarios to the candidature.

A Star denotes stadium used for previous men's World Cup tournaments (Uruguay and Argentina only)


The Estadio Centenario would be one of the Uruguayan stadiums, and a candidate to host the final match. According to the president of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), Wilmar Valdez, Uruguay will have only two cities hosting matches, which will be Montevideo and Maldonado.

A likely candidate for a host stadium would be the Centenario Stadium, where the final of the first world championship was played in 1930 and is Uruguay's largest stadium. With respect to the Maldonado sub-station, it would be the only stadium in that department, Domingo Burgueño Miguel Stadium. However, the organization plans a third stadium in Uruguay, which would be another one in the Montevideo sub-center.

Only two other stadiums in Montevideo could be taken into account: the Estadio Gran Parque Central (also host the first World Cup), or the recently inaugurated EEstadio Campeón del Siglo. Also since the end of 2012, Nacional has been promoting the inclusion of Gran Parque Central as the second stadium of Montevideo venue in 2030, which it ratified again in 2017. The argument that will be presented for FIFA to considerate the Nacional request for a second stadium in Montevideo will be the history of the stadium as one of the first two World Cup stadiums, together with the former Pocitos Stadium.According to the president of the AUF, Wilmar Valdez, the stadium of Peñarol (Estadio Campeón del Siglo) will not be taken into account due to its accessibility problems.

In April 2018 it was confirmed that Uruguay would present two venues (Montevideo and one in the interior of the country) and that the Uruguayan organization would have four stadiums: Centenario, Gran Parque Central and Campeón del Siglo in Montevideo, and also a new stadium outside of the capital.[26] 300 million dollars will be inverted to modernize the Estadio Centenario and another stadium will be built in the interior (probably in Punta del Este) with an investment of also 300 million dollars.

Estadio Centenario Star Estadio Campeón del Siglo Estadio Gran Parque Central Star Estadio Luis Tróccoli
Capacity: 60,235 Capacity: 40,005 Capacity: 26,500 Capacity: 25,000
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Rivera Paysandú Maldonado
Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera Estadio Parque Artigas Estadio Domingo Burgueño
Capacity: 27,135 Capacity: 23,000 Capacity: 22,000
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Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid is located in Uruguay
Uruguayan cities
Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid is located in Montevideo
Estadio CdS
Estadio CdS
Gran Parque
Gran Parque
Luis Tróccoli
Luis Tróccoli
Venues in Montevideo


The fact of planning a joint bid between Uruguay and Argentina for the 2030 World Cup, corresponds to the fear of the Uruguayans of not being able to host a world tournament due to its scarce sports infrastructure. For this reason, the Paraguayan intention is to provide two venues and argue their inclusion in order to ensure the success of the candidacy.

In this case, about possible Paraguayan stadiums, both scenarios will correspond to the Asunción sub-sector, and it is speculated that they will be the Defensores del Chaco Stadium and the recently reopened General Pablo Rojas Stadium, popularly known as La Nueva Olla.Like the Uruguayan case with Montevideo, Paraguay must receive the authorization of FIFA for that the sub-office in Asunción can provide two stadiums for the candidature.

In turn, the second Paraguayan headquarters would be in Ciudad del Este or Encarnación. The Antonio Aranda Stadium (Ciudad del Este) is could be the second Paraguayan headquarters, following a project by the club 3 de Frebrero to modernize the stadium and have a capacity of 50.000 spectators, being the biggest stadium in Paraguay.

Estadio General Pablo Rojas Estadio Defensores del Chaco Estadio Manuel Ferreira
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 42,354 Capacity: 22,000
Estadio General Pablo Rojas.jpg Defensores del Chaco 6-10-2016 2.jpg Para Uno.JPG
Ciudad del Este Luque Pedro Juan Caballero
Estadio Antonio Oddone Sarubbi Estadio Feliciano Cáceres Estadio Río Parapití
Capacity: 28,000 Capacity: 24,000 Capacity: 22,000
3 de febrero.jpg Estadio Feliciano Caceres 2010.jpg  
Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid is located in Paraguay
Ciudad del Este
Ciudad del Este
Pedro Juan Caballero
Pedro Juan Caballero
Paraguayan proposed venues


In 2012, after a meeting between executives from Uruguay and Argentina, it was confirmed that the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata and the Estadio Centenario would be two of the main venues of the project.

Also a new stadium in Santiago del Estero, the Estadio Único de Santiago del Estero will be built for the candidature.

In October 2017, an official councilor from Mar del Plata proposed to start a process so that the city could be declared as an Argentine sub-venue for the event. Also San Juan was also proposed as a venue of the World Cup, planning to reform the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario.

Buenos Aires
Estadio Monumental Antonio V. Liberti Star Estadio José Amalfitani Star La Bombonera Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó
Capacity: 61,688 Capacity: 49,540 Capacity: 49,000 Capacity: 48,314
El monumental.jpg Argentina A vs Inglaterra A 02.JPG La Bombonera.jpg Duco-alcorta.jpg
Buenos Aires
Estadio Pedro Bidegain Estadio Nueva España Estadio Nueva Chicago Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry
Capacity: 43,494 Capacity: 32,500 Capacity: 28,500 Capacity: 24,268
Nuevo Gasómetro.jpg Estadio España 2008 2.jpg Tribuna que da al barrio Los Perales.jpg ESTADIO ARQUITECTO ETCHEVERRI.PNG
Córdoba Avellaneda
Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes Star Estadio Presidente Perón Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón Estadio Libertadores de América
Capacity: 57,000 Capacity: 26,535 Capacity: 55,389 Capacity: 48,069
Messi tiro libre frente a paraguay.jpg COYPkZlWoAAkoTm.jpg Estadio Presidente Peron.jpg Estadio Libertadores de America 2014.JPG
La Plata Santa Fe
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López Estadio 15 de Abril
Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 23,000 Capacity: 47,000 Capacity: 26,000
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata 20140510 2.jpg Nuevo Estadio Pincha Vista1.JPG Popular Sur - Estadio Brigadier López.jpg Estadio 15 de Abril.jpg

uos Aires
Buenos Aires Lanús Mendoza Mar del Plata
Estadio Diego Armando Maradona Estadio Ciudad de Lanús Estadio Malvinas Argentinas Star Estadio José María Minella Star
Capacity: 24,000 Capacity: 47,027 Capacity: 40,268 Capacity: 35,354
Argentinos Juniors Stadium.jpg Editatón Club Lanús - Instalaciones (4).JPG Estadio Malvinas Argentinas (2).jpg José-María-Minella-Stadium present.JPG
Rosario Lomas de Zamora Banfield
Estadio Marcelo Bielsa Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Star Estadio Eduardo Gallardón Estadio Florencio Sola
Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 48,500 Capacity: 36,542 Capacity: 34,901
El Coloso del Parque 3.jpg Rosario Central vs San Martín de San Juan.jpg   Lenchosolabanf.jpg
San Miguel de Tucuman Morón Quilmes
Estadio Monumental José Fierro La Ciudadela Nuevo Francisco Urbano Estadio Meiszner
Capacity: 32,700 Capacity: 28,000 Capacity: 32,000 Capacity: 30,200
Vicente López Victoria San Juan Resistencia
Estadio Ciudad de Vicente López Estadio José Dellagiovanna Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario Estadio Centenario
Capacity: 28,530 Capacity: 26,282 Capacity: 25,286 Capacity: 25,000
    Estadio San Jua del Bicentenario, Pocito.JPG Platea alta y baja del Estadio Centenario.jpg


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