There have been some serious discussions regarding Spain and Portugal hosting the Soccer World Cup. If the bid is successful, we may see the greatest show on Earth in Valencia in 2030.
According to the Associated Press, soccer professionals and government officials from Spain and Portugal met recently to consider a combined bid to host the 2030 Soccer World Cup.
The headquarters of Portugal´s national team was the venue for the presidents of the Portuguese and Spanish soccer federations and government representatives, who finalized details of a bid. The statement was short but promising, as they said that the bid was “entering its final stages.”
Morocco was previously included in talks but was dropped from the project.
What are the chances of having successful bid is hard to tell, but it has been a while since both Spain and Portugal hosted an event as big as the Soccer World Cup. The biggest sports events awarded to Portugal, so far, were the 2004 European Championship and the 2019 Nations League.
Spain already hosted one Soccer World Cup but it was some 40 years ago, in 1982. The only other major event hosted in Spain were Olympic Games in Barcelona, in 1992, also some 30 years ago. During the Soccer World Cup in 1982, the matches were played in Elche and Alicante, while the national team played all of its 3 group stage matches, against Honduras, Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland – in Valencia. Alicante also hosted the third place match, between Poland and France
Therefore, ff the country is awarded the Soccer World Cup in 2030, it is expected that some significant matches would be staged in Valencia, as it is the third largest city in Spain, hence it is likely that it will host group stage matches, as well as quarterfinal or possibly semifinal games. This will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the state of the new Valencia CF stadium, which remains abandoned with no hope of improvement. So, we have to wait and see, and of course, hope.