The Centenary World Cup

It already seems that the decision of where to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the 100th anniversary of the tournament, has been made.

A campaign in the early days of the internet by Uruguayan Abel Fialko has snowballed to a point where all the members of CONMEBOL voted to unanimously support a joint bid from 1930 hosts and champions Uruguay and runners-up Argentina.

Fialko’s campaign stemmed from the shock of Athens being beaten by Atlanta in the vote to host the centenary Olympics in 1996. This proved that history wasn’t enough.

In 2005 FIFA President Sepp Blatter travelled to Uruguay to celebrate the World Cup’s 75th anniversary and met then President Tabaré Vázquez, after which he said: “During our meeting, the President told me of his dream of seeing this tournament hosted in the region. I told him that today’s dream could be tomorrow’s vision.”

Possible logo for the 100th anniversary World Cup.

Possible logo for the 100th anniversary World Cup should it be held in Uruguay and Argentina.

Conveniently, CONMEBOL’s bar on hosting a World Cup after Brazil 2014 expires in 2026, meaning they can bid for the 2030 tournament. A confederation must wait 12 years before it can host another World Cup.

Assuming that Uruguay and Argentina are awarded the 2030 finals, it would be nice if an all-star line-up of nations was invited to the too.

Obviously there must be qualifiers to be fair to the 207 other FIFA members of course, but since the 1930 World Cup was on an invite only basis, here’s who I’d put on the birthday party list and why:

Hosts

Uruguay

X

Argentina

Winners

Uruguay

1930, 1950

Italy

1934, 1938, 1982 & 2006

Germany

1954*, 1974* & 1990*

Brazil

1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 & 2002

England

1966

Argentina

1978 & 1986

France

1998

Spain

2010

Previous Hosts

Uruguay

1930

Italy

1934 & 1990

France

1938 & 1998

Brazil

1950 & 2014

Switzerland

1954

Sweden

1958

Chile

1962

England

1966

Mexico

1970 & 1986

Germany

1974* & 2006

Argentina

1978

Spain

1982

U.S.A.

1994

South Korea

2002

Japan

South Africa

2010

Russia

2018

Qatar

2022

Losing Finalists Without a Title

Netherlands

1974, 1978 & 2010

Czech Republic^

1934 & 1962

Hungary

1938 & 1954

Sweden

1958

Participants in 1930

Uruguay

Winners

Argentina

Runners-up

U.S.A.

Third Place

Serbia#

Fourth Place

Chile

Group Stage

Brazil

France

Romania

Paraguay

Peru

Belgium

Bolivia

Mexico

First Non-UEFA, CONMEBOL or CONCACAF Nations

Egypt

CAF, 1934

Indonesia~

AFC, 1938

Australia+

OFC, 1974

New Zealand

OFC, 1982

Wildcard

Israel

Fialko lived in Israel when he started   his campaign

  • *Germany is the official FIFA successor to West Germany.
  • ^Czech Republic is the official FIFA successor to Czechoslovakia.
  • #Serbia is the official successor to Yugoslavia.
  • ~Indonesia was originally known and competed as Dutch East Indies.
  • +Australia moved from the OFC to the AFC in 2006.

Naturally I’d have to re-jig this if say, Portugal won the title or Canada hosts the 2026 World Cup, plus the number of nations from each confederation also doesn’t meet the required numbers: UEFA 15 (too many), CONMEBOL seven (too many), AFC five (too many), CAF and CONCACAF two (not enough) and OFC one (too many without a play-off).

FIFA is set to vote for the 2030 host(s) in 2015.

Next Football season I may run a tournament on this blog which has the same format as the 1930 World Cup.

About Alex Crouch 92

I'm a lifelong Formula One fan who also enjoys classic rock/heavy metal music.
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