Ukraine will be part of the joint bid for the 2030 World Cup, according to a report

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FIFA should consider Ukraine as host of the 2030 World Cup along with Spain and Portugal in a possible joint bid, Martyn Ziegler of The temperature reports.

In a partnership between the three countries, Ukraine would host one of the groups earlier in the tournament. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is said to have pushed for the country’s entry into the bid, with the approval of the Spanish and Portuguese national governments.

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year, both countries have been in the footballing spotlight. For Ukraine, the country is one game away from securing a 2022 World Cup spot, and former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that Ukraine host the Euro 2028 tournament.

According to Ziegler, Ukraine’s joining this offer could help thwart a joint offer including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Greece.

The public perception of helping Ukraine instead of choosing another oil-rich country might be appealing. Moreover, the Saudi bid would mean another World Cup in winter like this year, while Spain, Portugal and Ukraine could host the tournament in summer.

Additionally, after this year’s tournament in Qatar and the 2026 tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico, UEFA may seek a European-only bid for 2030. Another potential bid could include a joint bid with South American countries.

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