Saudi Arabia is seriously considering its candidacy to host the 2030 World Cup.
The New York Times reported that Saudi Arabia hired a reputable American company, Boston Consulting Group, to help them create a project to organize the World Cup. The Saudi government recently proposed a 2030 Vision Study, according to which it hopes to position Saudi Arabia as a sports center in the Middle East by that year.
As part of this idea, the Saudis have tried to buy Newcastle United, but the Premier League has not approved the deal due to huge problems with the piracy of the league in Saudi Arabia. But the Saudis don’t mind, so now they want to try to win the World Cup, at least for now, it will be a sensation.
First of all, the Times wrote that it is difficult to expect FIFA to host the World Cup near Qatar in just eight years. The World Cup will be held next year. But the bigger problem is the problem in Saudi society, which is considered to be one of the most strict and cruel societies in terms of human rights.
Saudi Arabia is at the bottom of all scales in terms of human rights, but the Saudis are ready to accept all options. One of them is that the World Cup is organized in cooperation with some European countries, which mentions Spain and/or Portugal, and their relationship with the Saudi courts is very good.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman in January to discuss the Vision 2030 project.
Saudi Arabia has hosted many high-profile football matches in recent years, such as the Spanish and Italian Cups, and the Super Cup. There are also more and more fighting games and competitions in the country, as well as golf events.
But the Times wrote that Saudi Arabia has many problems preventing it from holding such a large event. In addition to the above problems, the piracy broadcast market for large-scale matches and leagues in Saudi Arabia is booming, and millions of dollars are directly taken out of their pockets to people they should cooperate with.
The Premier League, La Liga and some other games want to use intermediaries to sue those who provide pirated transfers, but the government prohibits them from filing suits in the courts. Qatar TV station BeIN, which has the rights to broadcast all major events in the Middle East, has been banned in Saudi Arabia, so its citizens will watch this year’s European Championships through various pirated services.
The very bad or non-existent cooperation with TV companies and copyright owners is a huge pressure to obtain the right to organize the World Cup. UEFA yesterday rejected a 600 million U.S. dollar UEFA Champions League regional broadcast rights provided by a Saudi company. UEFA decided to continue to cooperate with Bein.
FIFA will select the host of the 2030 World Cup at the 2024 General Assembly. In addition to the Saudis who have not yet officially announced their candidacy, the World Cup also hopes that Morocco will cooperate with Tunisia and Algeria or Spain and Portugal to host the tournament.
Egypt has also expressed its willingness, and some Central African countries are considering joint participation in the election. Spain will host the World Cup alone or in cooperation with Portugal. Two years ago, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia signed a memorandum to jointly run for the European Cup in 2028 or the World Cup in 2030. China is also interested.