Updated 04:28 PM EDT, Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Argentina Partners With Uruguay for 2030 World Cup Bid

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Argentina has partnered with Uruguay in a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced the news at a joint press conference on Thursday with his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabare Vazquez, Reuters reported.

"We have decided that our best opportunity is to jointly nominate ourselves as candidates," Macri said during a visit to Colonia, Uruguay, as quoted in Reuters' report.

The two nations have each won the World Cup twice, the news outlet noted. Over the past years, both Argentina and Uruguay have expressed a desire at both soccer association and government level to host the popular tournament.

The next two tournaments have already been assigned to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, Reuters added. The official bidding process for 2026 hasn't begun yet.

The 2030 World Cup event will mark the tournament's 100-year anniversary, ESPN FC took note.

Uruguay hosted and won the first World Cup in 1930, besting Argentina 4-2 in the final, Reuters further reported. The football tournament's 1930 allocation to Uruguay came after the country won consecutive Olympic soccer gold medals in 1924 and 1928. They also bagged the World Cup in 1950, offending the then-hosting country, Brazil, in the deciding match.

Argentina, meanwhile, hosted and won the World Cup in 1978, Reuters noted. Eight years later, Diego Maradona won the country's second title in Mexico.

England Also Bidding for 2030 World Cup?

In December 2015, Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke has said that Sepp Blatter's eight-year ban from FIFA has removed an important barrier preventing England to bid for the World Cup again.

The FA had ruled out any bid for the tournament while Blatter was in charge after the country's failed effort for the 2018 World Cup, according to a separate report from ESPN FC. However, his ban could pave the way for a consideration of another bid if the FIFA Congress carries the right reforms in February.

The U.S. Justice Department had indicted five out of the 24 FIFA executive members in 2010, and the FBI had at least referred two more individuals as co-conspirators, ESPN FC added. A total of seven others have been banned including Blatter and Michel Platini, while Franz Beckenbauer is being investigated over his involvement in Germany's 2006 bid.

Dyke said Blatter's departure holds a significant game changer, but that a "proper and effective" reform process should be done before another bid from England could be considered, the news outlet noted.

Dyke added that the process should undergo "a fair, honest and transparent way, not carved up by a bunch of crooks," just like what happened in the country's last bid, ESPN FC reported.

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