Chile joins Argentina Uruguay Paraguay in bid for 2030 World Cup

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Chile has joined a coalition of South American countries planning to bid for the 2030 World Cup.

The head of South American football body CONMEBOL announced the decision Wednesday after meeting in Buenos Aires with presidents of the four nations, which also includes Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez said on Twitter: “We confirm the agreement between the four countries to keep working on the strategy for FIFA to award us joint organization of the 2030 World Cup.”

Argentina and Uruguay, the country that hosted and won the first World Cup in 1930, initially planned to bid for the 2030 tournament together before Paraguay was added later.

“Today I think we are favourites to win,” Dominguez then reporters. “If we do our job at CONMEBOL and the countries do theirs then we are favourites to win.”

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said in February his country would join the group.

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