FIFA-Präsident schlägt WM 2030 in "Israel und Nachbarstaaten" vor

13 Oct. 2021 20:30

According to Israeli sources, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed a World Cup in Israel and other countries in the region for 2030. You have to “have visions, dreams and ambitions”, Infantino told the Jerusalem Post.

According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the 2030 World Cup could take place in the Middle East. According to the plans, the states in the region are to be led by the United Arab Emirates, said the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett after a joint meeting on Tuesday evening. The president of the world football association has visited Israel for the first time.

At a conference of the Jerusalem Post When asked about the possibility of a World Cup in Israel, Infantino replied that “nothing is impossible”. “You have to have visions, dreams and ambitions,” emphasized the 51-year-old, referring to the normalization process between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. “So co-hosting is an option.”

The South American countries Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile are also planning a joint application for the tournament in nine years. As Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in spring 2021, the four British associations are also preparing a candidacy together with Ireland. Portugal and Spain had also officially registered their interest, and China is also considered a possible applicant.

The tournament is scheduled to be awarded in 2024. After the World Cup in Qatar in winter 2022, the 2026 World Cup will take place in the USA, Canada and Mexico, with 48 participating nations for the first time. FIFA recently brought up the idea of ​​having the World Cup held every two years from 2028. These plans, however, aroused sharp criticism in Europe and South America.

Israel signed diplomatic relations agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in September 2020. Previously, only two Arab states, the neighboring countries Egypt and Jordan, had diplomatic relations with Israel.

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