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Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay to make 2030 World Cup bid

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

In this June 23, 2014  photo, Netherlands’ Memphis Depay, left, looks to the ball after scoring during a Group B World Cup soccer match against Chile in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Wong Maye-E / Associated Press)
In this June 23, 2014 photo, Netherlands’ Memphis Depay, left, looks to the ball after scoring during a Group B World Cup soccer match against Chile in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Wong Maye-E / Associated Press)
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay say they will make a joint bid to host soccer’s centenary World Cup in 2030.

The presidents of the three South American countries made the announcement Wednesday at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires. Bidding is not due to open for at least another four years, but the nations are already expected to face stiff competition.

European soccer federations will be eligible to bid, while China is also expected to express interest in hosting the tournament.

Uruguay staged the first World Cup in 1930.

A three-way bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico is favored to host the 2026 World Cup.

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