By G9ija

Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay have confirmed a collective bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Officials of the four countries took part in a launch ceremony at the Argentine Football Association, where FIFA was urged to return the tournament to “where football was born,” 100 years after the first edition was held in Montevideo.

Alejandro Dominguez, President of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), said he hoped FIFA would show a “gesture of greatness” toward the region and allow it to organise the tournament.

“The 2030 World Cup is not just another World Cup, it deserves a celebration with recognition for 100 years,” Dominguez said.

“We are convinced that FIFA has an obligation to honour the memory of those who came before us and believed in greatness and made the first World Cup.”

AFA president Claudio Tapia added: “As world champions, we carry out this launch which is the dream of all South Americans. Not only on the centenary of the first edition, but because of the passion with which we live football.”

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez made a statement on his official Twitter account saying that Bolivia will be asked to join “this dream”.

After the first edition in Uruguay, Argentina hosted the World Cup in 1978 and Chile in 1962, while Paraguay has never hosted the sport’s biggest competition.

The South American bid will compete with Spain-Portugal, who have signed a joint bid agreement, plus possible 2030 bids from Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

The 2026 World Cup will take place across the United States, Canada and Mexico, with Argentina defending their Qatar crown.