Ukraine will join the bid of Spain and Portugal to co-host the 2030 world Cup in a move sanctioned by the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Confirmation of the partnership is expected at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. It is well understood that Ukraine, which has been under full-scale invasion by Russia since Feb. 24, will host one of the tournament groups if the bid is successful. Spain and Portugal confirmed two years ago that they would make a joint hosting proposal in 2030 and the addition of Ukraine would give it a new dimension.
Although the Ukrainian national team plays its home matches in Poland and in the national championship, which successfully restarted in August, takes place behind closed doors, it is certain that the security problems will be much less pronounced in eight years. Ukraine co-hosted Euro 2012 with Poland and showed it could stage large-scale events in peacetime.
The UEFA-backed bid will face competition including a collaboration between Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia, and a South American proposal from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. Last month, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said he believed Spain and Portugal would come up with a “winning bid”.
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