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Spain has not hosted a major tournament since the 1982 World Cup, and failed in a joint bid with Portugal to stage the 2018 competition. So in 2030 will be 50 years since the last time they hosted such a competition

Few can match Spain for pedigree in a football sense, with their club sides ruling European competition in recent years, with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid dominating the Europa League just as Real Madrid and Barcelona the Champions League. They boast iconic stadiums such as the Santiago Bernabeu and Camp Nou.

Spain also organized maybe the best world cup ever in 1982 (or one of the best)

But as of now there is currently little appetite within Spain for a World Cup bid due to the economic crisis that has hit the country hard in recent years.

But if UEFA claim the 2030 ticket, Spain may see themselves in race.


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On 7/10/2018 at 7:38 PM, Dezcrafty said:

Maybe, Maybe not. Like you said, They don't really want the games right now. That's pretty much the bid-killer right there.

the host will be decided in 2022, so in 4 years from now situation may be different. After all world cup isnt Olympics and spain has already a lot of big stadiums for that event. Some of them may need renovation, thats all. And consider that argentina that want 2030 competition has far more problems in economy than Spain

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On 7/11/2018 at 8:59 PM, LatinXTC said:

Since the lineup will be increasing perhaps it's wise for them to do a joint bid with another country? Perhaps Portugal? By the looks of it they can add another 3 stadiums with a minimum capacity of 40k for the event.  

And they could bid with Andorra, too!

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Spain will bid to the host World Cup in 2030

Luis Rubiales, Pedro Sánchez and Gianni Infantino spoke about the matter on Wednesday

It's been too long since Spain hosted a World Cup on its shores -- in concrete, since 1982, when tournament mascot Naranjito was one of the stars of the tournament.


Upd. on 13/09/2018 at 09:28 CEST

Jesús Malagón (@86malagon)

The idea of hosting football's showpiece for a second time came up again on Wednesday in a meeting at Moncloa between RFEF president Luis Rubiales, FIFA chied Gianni Infantino and the president of Spain Pedro Sanchez. 


Spain's main objective is to organise the World Cup in 2030. However, there are various alternatives in which that could happen: either as a stand-alone candidate or as joint hosts with Portugal and Morocco. The second option is the one which Rubiales feels gives the country the best chance of winning the vote. 


The meeting was Infantino's second official visit to Spain in less than two months, after taking part in the RFEF's General Assembly, when Rubiales made his debut as the organisation's president. 


Thirty-six years ago, on our shores, Italy won th 1982 World Cup, beating Germany 3-1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu. In 2020, Bilbao will be one of the cities which hosts a European Championships which will be spread across the continent. 


The upcoming World Cups will be in Qatar in 2020 and in the USA, Canada and Mexico in 2026. 



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This could be good for Spain. Given the access to its numerous Liga stadiums, it would not need to construct virtually any new stadiums, and could host alone, but could still incorporate Portugal in the mix as well. I expect, however, the move of the final to Camp Nou in Barcelona instead of Bernabeu in Madrid, as the tourist situation is much different than it was in 1982. After Barcelona 1992 and the expansion of the beach and tourism sect, the city is practically cut out for mass amounts of tourists. In addition, Camp Nou can host 99k, while Bernabeau fits 83k. Barcelona also has Lluis Companys, and Madrid has the Wanda Metropolitan and Vincente Calderon, but that could be demolished by 2030, as Atletico left. 


It will be in some serious competition with an organized and unified England bid. I personally think a Spanish bid will be more competitive than a Pan-South South American bid against England, but that's just me. But, as stated above, it's very far off from now.

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Spain, Portugal reveal joint bid for 2030 FIFA World Cup

October 8, 2020

Spain and Portugal have confirmed that the two countries would be putting forward a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. Ahead of the friendly match between Portugal and Spain on Wednesday (local time), the football federations of both the countries ratified an agreement to share the event.

The Spain/Portugal bid is the fourth to confirm that they will be participating in the process to host the tournament, Goal.com reported. “This agreement means an important step for this common project of federations, but also for the countries. Soccer, sport, is a magnificent tool to inject strength and will to overcome in these moments of great difficulty,” Goal.com quoted FEF president Luis Rubiales as saying.

“Few things can be more exciting than the opportunity to organise a World Cup and we cannot think of a better partner than Portugal. We go hand in hand with the Portuguese Federation,” he added. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is slated to be played in Qatar while the 2026 World Cup will be jointly hosted by Canada, United States and Mexico.

The hosting rights for the 2030 World Cup will be decided in 2024 by FIFA and the bidding process for hosting the event will start in 2022. Earlier, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia also signalled their intent to participate in order to get the hosting rights of 2030 World Cup. A joint-bid from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile is also in the running to host the event.


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