Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

first_img“We told him (Messi) about our aims, and he feels it’s doable.”Argentina’s minister of sport Carlos Mac Alister said “it’s important to know we have the support” of such high-profile players as Argentina’s five-time world player of the year Messi and Uruguay striker Suarez.“In 2030, we won’t be there any more, Messi will.“He showed great desire to help us. He will surely be the flag-bearer for the World Cup.”The very first World Cup in 1930 was held in Uruguay and won by the hosts, who beat Argentina 4-2 in a memorable final at the Centenary Stadium in Montevideo.Paraguay were also one of the 13 participants, but the World Cup has grown immeasurably since then and now features 32 teams, although that number will rise to 48 at the 2026 World Cup.In 1930 there were 18 matches, but that will become 80 in a 48-team tournament, making it far more difficult for a single nation to host alone.Before then the World Cup will be held in Russia later this year and then Qatar in 2022. The bid city for the 2026 edition has yet to be decided.The joint bid has the support of the heads of state of the three countries, all of whom were president of a football club before leading their country.Argentina’s Mauricio Macri used to head Boca Juniors, the country’s most successful club; Tabare Vazquez was in charge at Uruguay’s Atletico Progresso; while Paraguayan Horacio Cartes was once the boss at Club Libertad.The joint bid would see Argentina host eight of the 12 groups in the opening phase, with Uruguay and Paraguay given two each.The initial idea centred around a joint Uruguay-Argentina bid, which was announced in July.Paraguay were added to the bid in October with the backing of the South American federation, CONMEBOL.Uruguay and Argentina have both hosted the World Cup before, winning on home soil in 1930 and 1978 respectively.They have also both won the global football showpiece a second time — in 1950 for Uruguay and 1986 for a Diego Maradona-led Argentina.No other potential candidates have expressed an interest in hosting the 2030 tournament, but China are rumoured to be preparing their candidature.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000World Cup bid organisers hope Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will back a joint 2030 candidacy from Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Apr 9 – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.last_img read more


Gary Neville receives signed shirt from Liverpool star after losing bet

first_img REVEALED He’s always wanted to wear @LFC shirt!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 8, 2018After beating his fellow Sky Sports pundit, Carragher said: “That’s a Liverpool shirt – I’ll even buy it.“23 Carragher on the back. No, I’ll tell you who’ll we’ll get, 23 Shaqiri on the back, he hates Shaqiri.”The former Red Devils right-back has claimed he would go back on the wager but Carragher has taken steps to make sure he goes ahead with it.Posting on Twitter, Carragher revealed a Shaqiri shirt signed by the Swiss international himself, meaning Neville will be expected to wear it for Sky Sports’ coverage of Crystal Palace v Liverpool on Monday night.Crystal Palace v Liverpool match preview Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Xherdan Shaqiri has signed a Liverpool shirt for former Manchester United star Gary Neville after he lost a bet against ex-Red Jamie Carragher.Carragher beat Neville in a penalty shootout during the Premier League Launch event, which meant Neville would have to wear the jersey of the team he hates the most. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News ALTERED possible standings NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener REVEALED center_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware #MNF @GNev2 @XS_11official— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 19, 2018Shortly after Shaqiri completed his £13million move to Merseyside, he was subject to criticism from Neville and his brother Phil for his inconsistency on the pitch last season where his former side Stoke were relegated from the Premier League.The winger dismissed the criticism at the time, claiming that he was never going to be liked by former United players at Liverpool.And in a playful dig back, Shaqiri wrote on the back of the shirt: “To my no.1 fan Gary, please don’t track back – SORRY – please don’t backtrack on this bet.”Predicted Liverpool XI v Crystal Palace gameday last_img read more