The Balkans are here! On Friday 2 November in Varna, Bulgaria on the 5th Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia Summit, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic gave the great idea! To move these four countries jointly into a joint bid to claim either the 2023 World Cup or the 2024 European Championship.
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The idea of the Serbian President was revealed by Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, and even his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, absolutely agreed
“I think it is worth discussing this plan.”
According to the Serbian president, this nomination will allow these 4 countries to improve their stadiums and sports infrastructure and of course they will be a first-class opportunity to get closer to each other …
A representative of the Bulgarian government has confirmed that a joint bid for hosting the European Championship in 2028 has been discussed.
The Balkan countries have never hitherto organized a final World Championship phase. Just the former Yugoslavia, which was dissolved in 1991, had hosted semi-finals and finals in the 1976 European Championship with four teams. Since then, of course, the European Championship has been greatly upgraded, since in Rome in 10980 we had 8 teams, then it was 16 and the French tournament in 2016, we arrived at 24.
A spokesman for the Bulgarian government confirmed that the idea of a joint bid for hosting the 2028 competition was discussed. This could be even easier as UEFA sees with interest the small theoretical countries to make a move for such an important event. Something that has happened in the past with Switzerland – Austria and Poland – Ukraine …
Difficult for 2030 due to China
Now for the 2030 World Cup, things are not that easy. England has already expressed interest in the first project, which intends to carry out a joint feasibility study with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Ireland has also expressed interest in participating in this candidacy. But no answer has been given to her.
Second, in South America, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay also announced their intention to run for 2030, marking the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup held in Uruguay (1930). Third, Morocco, after five unsuccessful candidates, looks at a new attempt for 2030, this time alongside Algeria and Tunisia.
But what is considered a super favorite is China. The world’s most populous country is keen to take over the organization of the top 2030 football event and has already produced a major plan that initially costs $ 825 million. China would have been a candidate for 2026 but knowing that the United States States (have already taken it) did not want to go into the process …
Finally, the next four-day summit will take place in Belgrade, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is expected to take part on a proposal by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, thus expanding the quadrilateral initiative and strengthening its role in the EU for its strengthening, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
The four countries agreed, on a proposal from the Greek Prime Minister, that this four-party summit should not be limited to transnational relations but also foster contacts through a bottom-up approach between universities, organizations, etc