Saudi Arabia set to host the Fifa World Cup 2034
The bid for 2034 intends to deliver a world-class tournament…
Football fans in the Kingdom, get excited: Saudi Arabia looks set to host the Fifa World Cup 2034.
On October 4 the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced that the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) would lead a bid to host the iconic football spectacle. However after their only rival to host the tournament, Australia, confirmed that they would not be submitting a bid earlier today as per BBC, by default it looks as though Saudi Arabia will be the host nation of the Fifa World Cup 2034. The deadline for declarations of interest is today, October 31.
The addition of this major sporting event builds on the ongoing plans Saudi Arabia has to become a home of top level football. This year will see the Kingdom host the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup, and in 2027, the AFC Asian Cup will also come to Saudi.
“The Kingdom has quickly emerged as a leading hub and an international destination for hosting major events thanks to its rich cultural heritage, economic strength and the ambition of its people, commented H.H Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister upon announcing the Kingdom’s declaration of interest. “Saudi Arabia will plan to provide an unparalleled experience and an event that brings joy to fans across the globe.”
Explaining that the country’s bid is “driven by a love for the game and a desire to see it grow in every corner of the world,’ Yasser Al Misehal, president of SAFF explained that, “we are committed to hosting an exceptional event that celebrates the game, captivates players and fans, and inspires future generations.”
Football has become a huge part of the sporting landscape in Saudi Arabia, with the Saudi Pro League (SPL) now home to a legion of top international talent. Regarded as one of the strongest leagues in Asia, it has recently drawn star players including Brazilian football legend Neymar, and former England player turned coach, Steven Gerrard. Perhaps among its most famous players is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has entered his second season with Al Nassr.
The news came shortly after Morocco was confirmed as a co-host for the Fifa World Cup 2030, alongside Spain and Portugal. The three countries will all co-host the centenary celebrations, provided the decision is ratified by the Fifa Congress next year, reports The National.