Al-Mishal: Saudi Arabia's hosting of the 2030 World Cup has not been opened yet

The head of the Saudi Football Association, Yasser Al-Mishal, confirmed to Agence France-Presse today that the Kingdom's hosting of the 2030 World Cup "has not been opened yet," adding at the same time that his country's "ambition has no limits" in terms of the game.

Saudi football now appears to be at its peak, as the AFC announced on Wednesday that it would grant the Kingdom the honor of hosting the 2027 AFC Asian Cup for the first time in its history.

This comes with the emergence of Saudi football on the international scene during the Qatar World Cup 2022, after it achieved a historic victory over Argentina 2-1 in the first round of the group stage, before being eliminated later.

In addition to this, there is talk about Saudi Arabia’s endeavor to host the 2030 World Cup, because last September, the official spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Fawzi, announced that his country is studying with Saudi Arabia and Greece to run for a joint file to organize the 2030 World Cup.

However, Al-Mishal confirmed in this regard, on the sidelines of the 33rd General Assembly of the Asian Football Confederation in the Bahraini capital, Manama, that "this talk is speculation. This file has not been opened yet."

He continued, "Saudi Arabia is fully focused on hosting the 2027 Asian Cup, and we are also striving to host the 2026 Asian Women's Cup. Other than these two files, there is no proposed file."

Speaking of organizing the Asian Cup, Al-Mishal touched on the World Cup, which Qatar hosted for the first time in the Middle East and in an Arab country, saying, "Today the Brotherhood in Qatar, the impressive performance that was presented in organizing the World Cup, now holds us responsible for being at the same level and higher, and this is a healthy matter." for football".

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