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Joint bid by Wales and others for 2030 World Cup set to go ahead despite reported Uefa cooling

17 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Wales’ shirt. Picture by John Smith/FAW (CC BY-SA 4.0).

A joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup that includes Wales is set to go ahead despite the suggestion that Uefa is reported to favour a rival attempt by Spain and Portugal.

Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England and Scotland are planning a bid for the competition but Uefa have previously said that they would favour only one European bid in order not to split the votes.

Th bid only originally included only nations within the UK but the governments of the UK and the Republic of Ireland have now discussed the latter joining the bid.

In a statement published today the Football Association of Ireland said: “We remain committed to the ongoing feasibility study in regard to a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup alongside our fellow associations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

Ian Mallon, the former FAI director of communications who also worked as a consultant for Uefa, had previously reported that the governing body favoured a rival bid expected to be made by Spain and Portugal.

Uefa wanted the nations of Britain and Ireland to bid instead for the 2028 European Championship, Ian Mallon told the Sunday Times.

An insider also told the Mirror newspaper: “It’s accepted that this isn’t going to happen and the sooner that message is delivered, the better.”

“I’m not sure it was ever that realistic once Spain and Portugal had declared their intent to host the tournament, and for many reasons not least geography and easy access between the two countries, this one makes more sense.”

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Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

I wonder where the final would be? Yep you got it.

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago
Reply to  Quornby

I wonder who would be the only team to qualify as hosts, and whose media would be crowing about ‘football coming home’. Got it in one.

Last edited 1 month ago by Welsh_Sion
Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago
Reply to  Welsh_Sion

In any such bid all the host nations would qualify automatically Sion (the world cup will be expanding to 48 teams in 2030)

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Fair enough, Leigh. Good thing I don’t follow the game over-much. But I think my point regarding the Londonian-based media still applies. 🙂

Arteta's_perfect_hair
Arteta's_perfect_hair
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

I doubt very much if FIFA would allow 5 teams to qualify automatically

Kevin Morgan
Kevin Morgan
1 month ago

I thought UEFA were neutral. I didn’t realise they have a political agenda. It Sounds a bit like UEFA are turning the UK down because of their prejudices against the UK leaving the EU. I hardly think it appropriate the UK hosts the European Championship after leaving the European Union.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin Morgan

The bid is for the world cup, and the world cup is under the jurisdiction of FIFA. Behind the scenes UEFA may have a say, and may promote the Portuguese bid, but outwardly they have no say in how FIFA operate. Both bodies have in the past been accused of corruption, and found guilty, and serving officers if both sacked and suspended from football.

Arteta's_perfect_hair
Arteta's_perfect_hair
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin Morgan

There are plenty of countries who are members of UEFA but not the EU e.g. Switzerland,Russia,Ukraine,Norway

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Why bother? UEFA said they favoured Spain & Portugal so what’s the point in Wales spending money it can Ill afford to promote itself along with Scotland , Rep of Ireland, NI & England. And as somebody highlighted. Where would the “three lionshare” of the games be held? Yes, you’ve guessed it. In London. UEFA is a dubious organisation to say the least. Just look how Wales was treated during the last European Championship. Wales was sent 6,000 miles around Europe & Asia during the height of Covid pandemic, then had its fans banned from attending Holland but allowed Danish… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
George
George
1 month ago

Call me simple but: Spain and Portugal preferred bid for World Cup (2 spots from 13 taken by teams who would have likely made it anyway) No concrete bidders for Euros in 2028 yet but one confirmed interest from collection of 4 nations and another expressing interest as collection of 6 – UK plus Republic of Ireland would be 5 spots so not the biggest and 5 from potential 32 easier to manage Dublin missed out on hosting at Euros 2020 so can have the final and avoid overly saturating London with games/reminding people of disorder and avoids issue of… Read more »

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 month ago
Reply to  George

The World Cup is expanding to 48 teams from the 2026 tournament and Europe will be allotted 16 qualifying spots from then on. I think a 5 host bid is excessive, but UEFA were perfectly happy with the idea of 4 nations hosting the Euros so maybe the policy at the governing bodies of football has changed. Personally I would prefer a Celtic bid, but I suspect England and the British establishment would do everything in their power to stop that.

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