FIFA has officially announced the holding of the 2030 World Cup in Morocco, Spain and Portugal, in addition to holding only 3 matches of the tournament in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay as part of the celebration of the centenary of World Cup.
The Rise of Saudi Arabia
The past period has witnessed a tremendous rise for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the sports level in general, and in football in particular, which prompted it to apply to host the most prominent event in the world of football.
Saudi Arabia has placed hosting world and continental tournaments as its top priority, and has already succeeded in winning two major events.
At the end of this year, the Kingdom will host the 2023 Club World Cup for the first time in its history, as well as the 2027 AFC Asian Cup, the 2029 Asian Winter Games and the 2034 Asian Games.
Saudi Arabia has hosted major international sporting events in the last five years, in football, motorsports, tennis, equestrian, esports and golf, as well as American professional wrestling shows.
Saudi Arabia hosted the Youth World Cup in 1989 with the participation of 16 teams, in a tournament that was crowned by the Portuguese team at the time.
The Kingdom played a key role in the Confederations Cup, which it helped establish under the auspices of "FIFA" and already hosted the first 3 editions of it in 1992, 1995 and 1997.
Saudi Arabia became a destination for major football events in the past years when it hosted the Italian Super Cup in 2018, then the Spanish Super Cup with the participation of 4 clubs for the first time in 2019, before the matter was repeated in hosting such tournaments in the following years.
The professional league in its new form enhances the Saudi file, as a number of international stars in the Saudi league are scheduled to become ambassadors for the file to host the 2034 World Cup, led by the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo of Al-Nasr Club.
In the last World Cup 2022, Saudi Arabia was the talk of the world when it succeeded in beating Argentina in the opening of its campaign by two goals to one, before Messi and his companions became world champions.
For his part, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports in Saudi Arabia, said that hosting the 2034 World Cup will help the Kingdom achieve the dream of becoming a leading country in global sports, noting that hosting World Cup is the next natural step in his country's march.
In announcing the receipt of nominations to host the 2034 World Cup, FIFA allocated the continents of Asia and Oceania to submit files, due to the holding of the 2026 championship in North America, and then the 2030 championship in Europe and Africa, which makes returning to Asia or putting the option of Oceania necessary on the FIFA table in the next tournament.
Saudi Arabia topped the race on the first day of receiving bidding nominations, and the Saudi bid has not yet been revealed whether it was a single bid to host or in cooperation with other countries.
FIFA is waiting to receive more Asian and Oceanian requests, as some rule out the possibility of South Korea or Japan running again to host because of the 2002 World Cup on their soil, which makes the way open for the Saudi file.