DOHA ( Associated Press) – CONMEBOL planted a symbolic tree in Doha, where hosting the soccer World Cup once seemed impossible, as a show that it will continue to push hard for South America to host the World Cup in 2030. is ready to
“If we were able to plant a tree in the desert, there is no doubt that we can also hold the World Cup in 2030,” said the unit’s president, Alejandro Dominguez, during Monday’s inauguration of the “Tree of Dreams”. Dreams in Spanish, which has ten member associations and the signatures of their legends such as Diego Maradona and Pele inscribed on its stem.
“First the seed starts, then the roots, then the trunk and then the crown, literally,” the leader described.
The six-metre-high statue is located in the Shereeb neighborhood of Doha, where CONMEBOL has set up a complex so that fans around the world can “discover the greatness of South American football”, in the words of Dominguez.
The initiative is part of CONMEBOL’s campaign for the joint candidature of Argentina, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay to host the 2030 World Cup, which is especially valuable as it will be the 100th anniversary of the first championship held in South America.
Dominguez said that Tree of Dreams “is a call to FIFA officials to instill the concept that after 100 years, something has to be different, to return to the roots and to honor the memory of the pioneers. 100 years ago that Coincidentally it started in South America, because of that FIFA is what it is today.”
The first Football World Cup was held in Uruguay in July 1930 with the participation of 13 teams. The Uruguayans defeated Argentina 4–2 in the final, played at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, and became champions of the first event organized entirely by FIFA.
The other aspirants to host the Centenary World Cup are Spain and Portugal. While Saudi Arabia is working on a joint proposal with Greece and Egypt. Most applicants probably have better infrastructure and resources than South American countries.
“When they played with a hand-stitched leather ball and didn’t even have a uniform, they would never have imagined what a World Cup would be like. FIFA itself has an obligation to honor that memory,” Dominguez insisted.
“It is legitimate that Spain and Portugal consider hosting, although I still believe that there will be more time for other countries, but 2030 is unique, it is 100 years and it seems appropriate to us that the party is home.” returns”, commented the President of CONMEBOL.
FIFA will decide on the next World Cup venues in 2024 at a congress that will bring together its 201 member confederations.
After this year’s World Cup in Qatar, the 2026 World Cup will be held in Canada, the United States and Mexico.