Saudi Arabia will host the World Cup in 2034

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Gianni Infantino, president of the International Football Federation (FIFA), confirmed this Tuesday that the 2034 World Cup will be held in Saudi Arabia, After the Australian Federation (Football Australia) refused to present his candidacy despite exploring “the opportunity” and “taking all factors into account.”

“The greatest show on Earth will be organized by Canada, Mexico and the United States, in North America in 2026. The next two editions of the FIFA World Cup will be held in Africa (Morocco) and Europe (Portugal and Spain), with three celebration matches played in South America (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), in 2030; and in Asia (Saudi Arabia) in 2034″said Infantino from his official account on Instagram.

“Three editions, five continents and ten countries involved in tournament matches. That is making football truly global! The candidacy processes were approved by consensus through the FIFA Council, where the six confederations are represented, after a constructive dialogue and extensive consultations. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this positive exchange,” said the president of the FIFA.

In this sense, Infantino He added that “Soccer unites the world like no other sport, and the FIFA World Cup is the perfect display for a message of unity and inclusionas well as providing an important illustration of how different cultures can come together and learn and understand each other better.”

As we live in an increasingly divided and aggressive world, we show once again that football, the world's leading sport, comes together like nothing else does. We all need these occasions for unity and the upcoming FIFA World Cups provide a unique force for good in this regard.

Hours before, the possibility of a Australian candidacy. “We have explored the opportunity to bid to host the World Cup and, after taking all factors into account, "We have come to the conclusion not to do it for the 2034 competition," had informed Football Australia in his web page.

The host country together with New Zealand of the last Women's World Cupwhich the Spanish team won, did indicate that it is “in a solid position” to host the 2026 Women's Asia Cup and also him 2029 Club World Cuptournaments that he aspires to organize.

“Achieving this, after the Women's World Cup in 2023 and the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games, rwould present a “truly golden decade for Australian football”the 'Aussie' entity pointed out in its press release.

Football Australia argued that, for the organization of international tournaments, Their time zones “provide important opportunities for rights operators”, because they are “within the reach of billions of people in Asia and Oceania”, to obtain “a solid commercial perspective for competitions.”

“Football Australia remains committed to positively contributing to the growth and success of football at all levels. We wish FIFA and the eventual hosts of the 2034 World Cup every success. for the good of the sport and all those who love it,” the statement concluded, confirming that it left the way free to Saudi Arabia.

FIFA He already announced at the time that This edition will be held in Asia or Oceania, so the hypothetical Australian candidacy was the only rival for Saudi Arabia, whose Federation confirmed on October 4 that it would surely apply to host the World Cup event.

Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisalthen declared that organizing this tournament would “help” the kingdom achieve its “dream” of becoming “in a leading nation in world sport”with an “important milestone in the transformation of the country.”

As an emerging and welcoming country for all sports, hosting a World Cup is the natural next step in our football journey.

Australia's resignation arrived hours before close the period established by FIFA to present candidatures. If the Middle Eastern country finally welcomes the tournament that will be held in 11 years, will be the second World Cup in Asian lands from 2022, being the second in four editions.

(With information from Europa Press)

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