Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid with Egypt and Greece ‘would be winter again’

Saudi Arabia will soon announce a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup alongside Egypt and Greece, which would once again see the competition shift into Winter.

For the first time in tournament history, the 2022 edition was moved from its traditional June and July schedule to cope with the scorching summer temperatures of Qatar, which reached highs of 48 degrees Celsius.

And whilst the 2026 World Cup, based in the United States, Canada and Mexico, will see the competition return to its regular end-of-season slot, football fans may have to get used to a quadrennial interruption to the Premier League season.

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According to The Times, an announcement of Saudi Arabia's joint bid is imminent following successful talks with senior officials at government level, rivalling Morocco, a joint bid from Spain and Portugal and a four-way bid between Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile to host the legendary tournament.

However, due to the blazing summer heat, the World Cup would once again need to be played in a cooler climate and therefore, if the bid is successful, the competition is likely to be played in winter.

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The report also states that Saudi Arabia would be the lead country, contributing to Egypt and Greece's infrastructure costs. The bid will be announced in the coming weeks and is expected to pose a serious threat to Spain and Portugal's UEFA-backed bid. Covering three confederations the Saudi-led bid is likely to be backed by Asia, Africa and nearby European countries.

The United Kingdom and Ireland abandoned a joint bid earlier this year when UEFA instead opted to back the Mediterranean countries. However, another disruption to the European calendar is likely to receive heavy opposition.

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