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In a momentous development, Saudi Arabia has formally declared its candidacy to host the prestigious FIFA World Cup in the year 2034. This announcement follows an official invitation extended by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to nations in the Asia and Oceania regions to submit their bids for consideration, Wego reports.

Saudi Arabia’s bid comes swiftly on the heels of FIFA’s recent designation of Morocco, Spain, and Portugal as joint hosts for the 2030 World Cup, an occasion that holds special significance as it marks the centenary of the tournament. Furthermore, the opening matches for this centenary edition are slated to take place in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay.

This ambitious endeavor has been spearheaded by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and is underpinned by the objective of spotlighting the nation’s profound affection for the sport of football, as well as its ongoing socio-economic transformation. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has, notably, qualified for the FIFA World Cup on six occasions, with their most recent appearance in 2022 culminating in a historic triumph against Argentina.

The Saudi Arabian bid is underpinned by a commitment to delivering a tournament of global excellence, drawing inspiration from the nation’s sustained progress on both the social and economic fronts, as well as its deeply ingrained passion for the beautiful game. It is worth noting that this announcement comes just one year after neighboring Qatar successfully hosted the first-ever World Cup in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia’s maiden bid for the FIFA World Cup enjoys robust support, owing to the nation’s burgeoning experience in hosting world-class football events. Notably, Saudi Arabia is currently preparing to welcome fans from around the globe to the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2027 AFC Asian Cup.