Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Greece are applying for the 2030 World Cup

CAIRO — Media reported on Aug. 4 that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Greece are planning to submit a three-party bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

Egyptian government newspaper Akhbar Elyom reported on August 4 that Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi held a tripartite meeting with his Saudi and Greek counterparts to finalize the arrangements for the bid, after all three parties agreed , together to host the most important global football event in the world.

According to the newspaper, Sobhi discussed many issues related to sports matters with his Saudi counterpart Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, stressing that hosting the World Cup and the Olympics is everyone’s dream, including officials and sports fans in Egypt.

On August 8, Sobhi told Egyptian radio station Mega FM that “Egypt is working on bidding to host the World Cup and other sports tournaments in the future,” and declined to give details on the matter, saying such matters are confidential.

“The Egyptian state has the skills that qualify it to host the World Cup, but this issue has yet to be verified,” added Sobhi, highlighting Egypt’s recent success in organizing several international tournaments.

In recent years, Egypt has hosted several sports tournaments, including the Africa Cup of Nations in June 2019, the Africa U-23 Nations Cup in November 2019 and the Men’s World Handball Championship in January 2021 and the African Men’s Handball Championship last July.

Observers praised the skills of the three countries that qualify them to host the World Cup and organize a successful tournament.

Egyptian sports analyst Mohammed al-Jazzar told Al-Monitor: “I believe that Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia could be successful in organizing the 2030 World Cup because the three countries have a strong infrastructure to host the most important tournament in the world.” to align and organize the world of football.”

He added: “The three countries’ past experiences of hosting multiple continental and international tournaments give them a great opportunity to win the bid to host the 2030 World Cup.”

Jazzar stressed the need for the three countries to submit a strong bid to FIFA in order to tip the scales in their favor against the bids submitted by other countries.

Competition to host the 2030 World Cup will be fierce as Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay submitted a joint bid to host the event in early August.

Spain and Portugal also launched their joint campaign to host the 2030 World Cup, while media reported in mid-July that Morocco had decided to submit its own bid to host the tournament.

Egyptian sports critic Hadi al-Madani told Al-Monitor: “Egypt has managed to host and organize major international events in various sports in recent years. It only remains for her to host the Olympic Games and the World Cup.”

He explained: “Egypt’s bid to host the tournament together with other countries makes it possible to overcome the obstacles that do not meet all of FIFA’s requirements. For example, most of the metropolitan stadiums are in Cairo; Thus, co-hosting the tournament will spare Egypt the full financial burden of organizing the event, which will involve 48 teams and require stadiums to be fitted to specific specifications that exceed the capabilities of any Egyptian stadium currently available.”

Madani added: “The co-hosting of the World Cup by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Greece achieves the main objective of promoting each country, in addition to presenting Egypt, its sports facilities and infrastructure to the world.”

Egypt has been working for years to develop sports facilities and build new stadiums, including a sports city in the new administrative capital, with the aim of maximizing the country’s organizational capabilities to host World Cups, as directed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi .

Egypt’s sports city will include everything related to team and individual sports, such as stadiums and covered halls, but also other service areas, medical centers and hotels, administrative buildings and waiting areas for the public.

Egyptian media also revealed on August 4 that the Egyptian government is considering building a new stadium of international standards in the new city of El Alamein as part of its preparations to host the 2030 World Cup.

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