Saudi Arabia is reportedly leading a joint bid with Egypt and Greece to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino reportedly likes the idea due to the inclusion of an African nation.
- If the joint bid is successful, the World Cup would be played in the winter to avoid extreme summer temperatures, like the 2022 edition in Qatar later this year.
- An announcement is imminent, according to The Times.
The bid would go up against a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Paraguay, as well as one from Spain and Portugal that has support from several soccer executives.
“I am sure that the 2030 World Cup will be played in Spain and Portugal,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently said. “This bid is a winning one, and we will do everything possible to help two countries that are passionate, live and breathe football, and that have a good infrastructure.”
Last year, the country hosted its first Formula 1 Grand Prix.