Can Saudi kick it?
Football fever could be coming to the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has announced its bid for FIFA World Cup 2034. The bid is being led by the Saudi Arabian Football Association, and aims to put the Kingdom on the sporting map.
It was not long ago that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 took place, and all eyes were on the Middle East. If Saudi Arabia’s bid is accepted, this would be the biggest sporting event to take place in the country. Plus, if they succeed, we imagine that the tournament will take place in the winter to avoid the extreme summer temperatures.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, explained: “This announcement constitutes an important and natural step in our journey as a country passionate about football and a true embodiment of the success process witnessed by the Kingdom.”
The Saudi FIFA World Cup 2034 bid builds on its experience hosting world-class sporting events, and building its football team with world-famous players. The country is hosting the upcoming 2023 FIFA Club World Cup in Jeddah, which runs from 12 to 22 December. Plus, it will also host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup, and a boxing match between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk as part of Riyadh Season 2023.
Saudi Arabia previously hosted the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and a boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in 2022. Plus, Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City Arena has hosted sporting events across football and WWE.
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