Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay submitted a joint bid on Tuesday to host the 2030 World Cup, an effort that if successful would bring the global tournament back to Uruguay a century after it hosted the first World Cup in 1930.
“This is the dream of the continent,” said Alejandro Dominguez, president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).
“There will be more World Cups, but the cup only turns 100 once and it has to go home,” Dominguez said at the event in Montevideo at the Centenario Stadium, where Uruguay beat Argentina to win their first ever World Cup.
Argentina and Chile have also hosted the games since then, in 1978 and 1962.
“It’s just to have the World Cup where it all started 100 years later,” Ignacio Alonso, president of the Uruguayan Football Association, told reporters.
Dominguez said there were “more than enough” reasons for FIFA to accept the single candidacy of the four countries. The 2030 FIFA World Cup will follow the 2026 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States.