Poyet: Argentina and Uruguay must host centenary World Cup


Uruguay should be the frontrunner to host the centenary World Cup in 2030, according to former Uruguay international Gus Poyet.

The South American country hosted the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1930 and won their first of two World Cups on that occasion.

In 2017, the Uruguayan and Argentine football associations announced their intention to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 edition, with South American countries Chile and Paraguay subsequently joining the proposal.

Spain, Portugal, Ukraine and Morocco have launched competing bids to host the tournament, but Poyet believes the tournament’s history should be respected.

“I thought it natural that Uruguay could be the perfect place to play the World Cup in 2030,” Poyet told Stats Perform.

“Do we have the capacity as a country to host the World Cup? No. So it needs to be shared with someone around – Argentina, Chile or Paraguay.”

“The problem is, I remember a long time ago when someone told me that football without politics is gone, it’s dead. We are so dependent on the politics of the country.”

“Until the politicians agree, football will not come together. So I think it would be a shame if it wasn’t in Uruguay, at least one group, maybe two groups.”

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also put forward a proposal for the World Cup to be held every two years. The plan – backed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino – has been widely criticized and Poyet also opposed the proposal.

“I would keep it [as four years], I don’t want World Cups every two years,” Poyet said.

“I think it’s hard to become a world champion, it takes four years and if you don’t win it, you have to wait another four years. It’s like the Olympics, it’s not like you can have another chance for two years.”

On the pitch, Uruguay continued their unbeaten start under new coach Marcelo Bielsa. La Celeste, who won two friendlies against Nicaragua and Cuba in June, opened their 2026 World Cup qualification campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over Chile.

Uruguay last won the World Cup in 1950, with three fourth-place finishes since then, but Poyet is enthusiastic about Bielsa’s start and the national team’s prospects under the 68-year-old Argentine.

“In the first game people were like ‘Wow, what’s going on without the old group of players’ and in the second game it was a bit more natural,” Poyet said.

“Everyone is desperate to know the 25 players he will select. People think they know but they don’t because Marcelo Bielsa is unique and he is different, he is a completely unique case and they will be surprised and some.” cheats as well, so I think everyone is excited and looking forward to what he will bring to the national team.”

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