NATIONS - Israel considers 2030 World Cup candidacy with 'Arab neighbors'
Israel is considering running for the 2030 World Cup together with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, would welcome the special cooperation between the countries.
In September last year, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a historic agreement to establish diplomatic relations, the Abraham Accords. In line with this, Infantino sees a cooperation between those countries in the field of football. The FIFA boss was in Israel on Tuesday, where he spoke with Naftali Bennett, Israel's prime minister.
“It was a pleasure to meet you and hear your idea about Israel as the organizer of the World Cup in 2030, together with our Arab neighbors. That's a goal we can all work towards," Bennett tweeted. Should the World Cup actually be organized by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, it would be the first time that the final round is held in countries of different associations.
Several countries intend to officially apply for the organization of the World Cup in 2030. These include England (along with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland), Morocco (possibly with Algeria and Tunisia) and Argentina (along with Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile) are interested in it.