Ukraine's bid to host the World Cup in 2030 has symbolic significance, particularly because three EU countries — Spain, Portugal and Ukraine — will host it together, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, hinting that Ukraine may join EU in the next decade.
"Not only do our countries meet the criteria to get the right to host the championship, the point here is also that it will be very symbolic when three countries of the European Union will host the World Cup together," Zelenskyy said.
Ukraine put forward a joint bid, along with Spain and Portugal, to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup on Oct. 5.
The chance that Ukraine’s bid succeeds is quite high, Zelensky noted.
At an EU summit on June 23, EU leaders supported granting Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for EU membership. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated at the time that this was a historic moment in the relationship between Ukraine and the EU.