Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have confirmed they will make a joint bid to host the 2030 Fifa World Cup, while Ghana has announced plans to host the 2038 tournament.
The Uruguay-Argentina bid was announced on 29th July, with Paraguay being confirmed as a third prospective co-host yesterday. ESPN has reported that Chile is also interested in hosting.
Though bidding is not due to begin until 2021, a return to Uruguayan soil would mark the 2030 World Cup’s centenary with a return to the nation that hosted the first event in 1930.
While Argentina has also hosted the tournament before, in 1978, the arrival of the World Cup in Paraguay would be a first for the country.
"Today we are here to ratify this commitment,'' Argentinian president Mauricio Macri said. "We have spoken to the president of Fifa and we will have the support of [South American soccer confederation] Conmebol, which believes South America deserves the possibility of hosting this World Cup because of the significance of the 100-year anniversary of the first edition in Uruguay.''
Uruguay’s president Tabare Vazquez added: "I celebrate the communion of our three countries, deeply committed to football, in agreeing a joint bid to host this World Cup. We are convinced and I can say on behalf of the three countries that are committed to comply with the demands that Fifa has for the realisation of a World Cup.''
"I think the argument of the 100-year anniversary of the first World Cup held in Uruguay makes it very attractive for the region to organise the tournament,'' said Horacio Cartes, president of Paraguay.
Meanwhile, Ghana has announced that it will bid for hosting rights for the 2038 World Cup, which would make it the second African nation to host the event, after South Africa in 2010.
The country’s National Planning Commission (NDPC) 40-year development plan sees the bid as a marker for infrastructural and financial targets, with additional aims to host other international events such as the Olympic Games.
Russia and Qatar are hosting the next two editions of the Fifa showpiece in 2018 and 2022 respectively, with Morocco challenging a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup.