South America’s soccer chief mentioned Sunday that FIFA ought to honour the legacy of Pele and Diego Maradona by awarding the centennial 2030 World Cup to the continent. With competitors intensifying earlier than the worldwide physique decides on the occasion in 2024, Alejandro Dominguez mentioned there ought to be much less give attention to “cash” within the course of. Uruguay, which held the unique 13-team World Cup in 1930, has linked up with Argentina, Chile and Paraguay to bid for the 2030 occasion, which would be the second with 48 groups.
The principle problem is a joint bid from Spain, Portugal and Ukraine, which has European governing physique UEFA’s backing. Stories have mentioned Saudi Arabia might launch a bid with Egypt and Greece.
Requested at an occasion honouring the ailing Pele whether or not the previous Brazil star or the legacy of late Argentina nice Maradona might assist sway the choice, Dominguez mentioned FIFA had to decide on between soccer and cash.
“The query is for FIFA — what do they plan to do with the historical past created by Pele and later Maradona?” mentioned the pinnacle of CONMEBOL, the South American confederation.
“It actually ought to be again to the roots as a result of soccer isn’t just about cash. It shouldn’t be concerning the competitors of who places up essentially the most cash for a World Cup.”
“It also needs to be about recognising who made this celebration potential,” Dominguez added, referring to Pele and Maradona, in addition to Uruguay as hosts of the primary World Cup.
Dominguez mentioned CONMEBOL had additionally proposed that Brazil change its nationwide shirt to honour Pele, 82, who was hospitalised this month as he battles most cancers.
The badge on the shirt has 5 stars on the high to mark every of the nation’s World Cup wins. Pele was within the profitable workforce 3 times.
Dominguez mentioned the proposal was for Brazil to “change three of their stars for 3 hearts, in homage to the king.”
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