Chile and Uruguay talk up 2030 World Cup bids

Chilean Football Association (ANFP) president Sergio Jadue has stated the country is keen to host the 2030 Fifa World Cup, while Uruguayan counterpart Wilmar Valdez has touted the prospect of a joint bid involving his country, Chile and Argentina.

Jadue was speaking after he and his board of directors were re-elected to their positions for a new term spanning 2015 to 2019 on Monday. Chile previously hosted the 1962 World Cup and Jadue has proposed that the country could again target the national team football showpiece or join forces with Uruguay to pursue a joint bid.

“We have spoken with all the main people, the president of Conmebol (the South American Football Confederation), the president of Fifa (Sepp Blatter) and members of the Fifa executive committee about the possibility of hosting it either alone or with Uruguay,” Jadue said, according to the AFP news agency.

Chile is scheduled to host both the Copa America and Under-17 World Cup next year and Jadue believes the tournaments could provide a showcase for the country’s major event credentials. “If we succeed with the Copa and the Under-17 tournament that will give us a solid base to bid when it becomes South America’s turn once again to host the World Cup,” he added.

Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930, when the home country beat Argentina in the final, and both countries have already stated they are keen to pursue a joint bid for the centenary edition of the tournament. However, Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) president Wilmar Valdez believes Chile could also play a part in this proposal.

“Our first choice is (to host with) Argentina,” Valdez said, according to Chilean newspaper La Tercera. “In any case, we think it's a positive thing, given that Chile is also interested, that there's a possibility we can do it between the three countries or between the two countries most in tune.”

AUF officials will reportedly meet with Blatter on November 26 to lay out their proposal for a 2030 World Cup bid. Argentina has hosted the tournament on one occasion, in 1978.