UEFA wants Europe to host World Cup in 2030

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CARDIFF, WALES | Europe is chal­leng­ing China’s pur­suit of the 2030 World Cup, with UEFA an­nounc­ing Thurs­day that it de­serves to host the tour­na­ment.

The 2018 tour­na­ment is be­ing staged in Rus­sia, but the next two edi­tions are away from Europe as Qatar is the 2022 host and North Amer­ica is likely to be awarded the 2026 event.

“It is Europe’s turn in 2030, clearly,” UEFA Pres­i­dent Alek­sander Ce­ferin said Thurs­day. “So we will fight for a Euro­pean host.”

UEFA’s as­pi­ra­tions will face a se­ri­ous chal­lenge from China, where Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has made it a pri­or­ity to in­crease the coun­try’s in­flu­ence in global soc­cer. Three of the World Cup spon­sors to sign up in the last two years are from China, with smart­phone and soft­ware maker Vivo the lat­est on Wed­nes­day.

China is ea­ger to mount a bid to host the World Cup for the first time de­spite cur­rent rules ef­fec­tively block­ing another Asian bid be­fore the 2034 edi­tion.

A more sen­ti­men­tal bid is likely to come from South Amer­ica. Uruguay, which staged the first World Cup in 2030, is keen on cel­e­brat­ing the cen­te­nary of the soc­cer show­piece by co-host­ing with Ar­gentina.

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