“The Government welcomes the partnership of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and the
Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) with great enthusiasm, with a view to a joint candidacy for the 2030 World Cup,” the secretary of Youth and Sport (SEJD), João Paulo Rebelo, told Lusa news agency.

João Paulo Rebelo recalled that the application intention process announced by the two entities, “is currently under the leadership of sports organisations.”

“The Government has been monitoring, but at this stage, it is up to the responsible associations to outline the plan to achieve its objectives,” said João Paulo Rebelo, considering that the candidacy shows the “prestige that the FPF has abroad.”

The FPF and RFEF signed a collaboration protocol, aiming at enhancing the joint candidacy for the organisation of the World Cup 2030.

The presidents of FPF, Fernando Gomes, and RFEF, Luis Rubiales, signed the agreement at the Estádio José Alvalade, in Lisbon, shortly before the start of the private game between the two Iberian teams, which ended in a goalless draw.