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Chile join joint bid for 2030 World Cup

BBC News logo BBC News 14/02/2019

Reuters Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi of Argentina pose for photos in special kits promoting the 2030 bid Before a World Cup qualifier in September 2017, Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Argentina's Lionel Messi posed for photos in special kits promoting the 2030 bid 1

Chile will join Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in making a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

The tournament will mark 100 years since Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930, which they won for the first of their two titles.

It comes just days after a meeting in which a potential British and Irish bid for staging the tournament was discussed.

Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi of Argentina pose for photos in special kits promoting the 2030 bid: Before a World Cup qualifier in September 2017, Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Argentina's Lionel Messi posed for photos in special kits promoting the 2030 bid © Reuters Before a World Cup qualifier in September 2017, Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Argentina's Lionel Messi posed for photos in special kits promoting the 2030 bid

World Cups from 2026 onwards will be contested by 48 teams.

Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay initially announced their plan for a joint bid in 2017, but Chile's president announced on Thursday his country would join it.

"A few months ago I proposed to the presidents of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to incorporate Chile, and jointly, to apply for 2030," Sebastian Pinera said on Twitter.

"This proposal was accepted by the three countries."

Chile last hosted the World Cup in 1962 while the tournament's most recent visit to South America came in 2014 in Brazil.

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