Football: Chile keen to host 2030 World Cup

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech during the official launch of the 2015 Under-17 World Cup logo, in Santiago, on Oct 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chile's President Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech during the official launch of the 2015 Under-17 World Cup logo, in Santiago, on Oct 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SANTIAGO (AFP) - Chile are keen to host the 2030 World Cup finals their newly re-elected football federation (ANFP) president announced on Monday.

Sergio Jadue, who was re-elected to his post as president of the ANFP on Monday, said they could do it either on their own - which would be the second time in their history as they hosted the 1962 finals - or jointly with Uruguay.

"We have spoken with all the main people, the president of Conmebol (the regional confederation), the president of Fifa (Sepp Blatter) and members of the Fifa executive committee about the possibility of hosting it either alone or with Uruguay," Mr Jadue said after the election where he was the only candidate.

Mr Jadue said he would be in a better position to focus on the possibility of hosting the 2030 edition after Chile organises next year's Copa America and the Under-17 World Championships.

"If we succeed with the Copa and the Under-17 tournament that will give us a solid base to bid when it becomes South America's turn once again to host the World Cup," he said.

Both Uruguay and Argentina, who hosted them in 1978, have already expressed their interest in bidding for the 2030 finals, which will be the 100th anniversary of the inaugural edition, which the Uruguayans hosted.