Paraguay has joined the joint bid that Uruguay and Argentina plans to submit to host the centenary World Cup in 2030. If accepted, it would mark the first time that three countries host the event.
Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes announced the decision, earning the approval of Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
Alejandro Dominguez, president of South America's football federation, Conmebol, said he wants to see the tournament return to its first host region. The year 2030 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first world cup organized by FIFA, the international governing body of soccer.
“Given this historic responsibility, for Conmebol, the oldest football confederation in the world, it is a priority to work for the World Cup to return in its 100 years,” Dominguez said on Thursday, after a meeting with Cartes in Asuncion.
To promote the campaign, soccer stars Luis Suarez from Uruguay and Lionel Messi from Argentina wore the numbers 20 and 30 on their shirts during Thursday's qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The match ended in a zero goal-tie.
The South American nations will most likely compete with the United Kingdom and South Korea, which are also planning proposals.
Dominguez said that there could be 12 venues in total for the matches, with eight in Argentina, two in Uruguay and two in Paraguay.
The three presidents still need to meet to discuss the campaign and formalize the candidacy for the 24th edition of the tournament. Once finalized, it will need to be voted on within FIFA.
South Korea and Japan have been the only countries to jointly host the tournament. Meanwhile, Canada, Mexico and the United States have announced that they will present a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.