“The governments of Spain and Portugal wish to express their wish and their promise to host the 2030 World Cup,” reads a text in support of the Iberian candidacy signed by Portuguese heads of government Antonio Costa and Spanish Pedro Sanchez, in the presence of the King of Spain Felipe VI and the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
“Today we sign the commitment of the two federations to work together for a FIFA World Cup,” Portuguese federation president Fernando Gomes said at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.
The two nations face each other on Thursday evening in preparation for the Euro and to mark the centenary of the Portuguese’s first official match, a 3-1 defeat to Spain in December 1921.
The project of a Hispano-Portuguese candidacy, for the edition which will mark the centenary of the World Cup, was already on track, after an agreement signed last October between the two federations.
FIFA must decide in 2024 on the country or countries that will host the 2030 World Cup and succeed the Canada / United States / Mexico trio, chosen to organize the 2026 edition.
Two other joint candidatures could compete with the Spanish and the Portuguese: one from the United Kingdom and Ireland, the other from the Argentina / Chile / Paraguay / Uruguay quartet. The South American countries intend to pay homage to the first edition in 1930, already organized in Uruguay and won by the host country against its Argentine neighbor.