03 .FIFA World Cup - Bids 03 (Portugal–Spain 2018 FIFA World Cup bid)

03 .FIFA World Cup - Bids 03 (Portugal–Spain 2018 FIFA World Cup bid)

Portugal–Spain 2018 FIFA World Cup bid

Portugal and Spain bid logo for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup
Spain and Portugal 2018 was an official joint Iberian bid for the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) invited its member associations to bid for either the 2018 or the 2022 final tournaments, or both. The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) submitted together a bid for both editions, but with the focus on winning the privilege to host the 2018 finals. Due to the withdrawal of all non-European bids for the 2018 edition, the Spanish-Portuguese bid, and that of all other European bidding nations, were effectively considered ineligible for the 2022 campaign.
On December 2, 2010, after a vote of the FIFA Executive Committee at its headquarters in Zürich, the Iberian bid lost the 2018 hosting rights to Russia, in a two-round voting, collecting seven votes against Russian's thirteen in the final round.


Date Notes
15 January 2009 Applications formally invited
2 February 2009 Closing date for registering intention to bid
16 March 2009 Deadline to submit completed bid registration forms
14 May 2010 Deadline for submission of full details of bid
30 August-2 September 2010 Inspection committee visits Portugal/Spain
2 December 2010 FIFA to appoint hosts for 2018 and 2022 World Cups


Eighteen venues across sixteen cities in Spain made the final bid package as potential host venues for the tournament. In Portugal, only the two most populous cities - Lisbon (2 venues) and Porto - earned a place in the final bid package. In all likelihood, based on the assumption that FIFA allows twelve venues for the tournament, nine venues would be allocated to Spain and the remaining three would go to Portugal.

Potential venues

Submitted bid venues

The following are the 21 venues that were submitted to FIFA on 14 May 2010 as part of the FPF–RFEF's bid to host the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup:

Barcelona, Spain Madrid, Spain Valencia, Spain Madrid, Spain Lisbon, Portugal Sevilla, Spain
Camp Nou Santiago Bernabéu Nou Mestalla Wanda Metropolitano Estádio da Luz La Cartuja
FC Barcelona, Spain Real Madrid, Spain Valencia CF
(New Stadium)
Atlético Madrid, Spain S.L. Benfica, Portugal  
Capacity: 100,000 Capacity: 80,354 Capacity: 75,000
(partially constructed)
Capacity: 73.000 Capacity: 65,647 Capacity: 57,580
Barcelona 296.JPG Real2007.jpg Nou Mestalla 2013.jpg Wanda Metropolitano - 2017-09.jpg Luz-Stadion während des EM-Finales.jpg Estadio Olímpico de La Cartuja, Sevilla.jpg
Barcelona, Spain Bilbao, Spain Porto, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Zaragoza, Spain Badajoz, Spain
Lluís Companys San Mamés Barria Estádio do Dragão Estádio José Alvalade Nuevo Estadio de San José Estadio Nuevo Vivero
  Athletic Bilbao
(New Stadium)
F.C. Porto Sporting CP Real Zaragoza
(New Stadium)
CD Badajoz
Capacity: 55,926 Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 50,399 Capacity: 50,076 Capacity: 50,000
(proposed stadium
: finish 2013)
Capacity: 15,198
(plans to expand to 48,000)
Estadi.JPG San Mames, Bilbao, Euskal Herria - Basque Country.jpg Estádio do Dragão (8468978586).jpg Estádio Sporting interior.jpg    
Santander, Spain Málaga, Spain A Coruña, Spain San Sebastián, Spain Valladolid, Spain Vigo, Spain
El Sardinero Nueva Rosaleda Riazor Anoeta Nuevo José Zorrilla Nuevo Balaídos
Real Racing Club Málaga CF
(New Stadium)
Deportivo de La Coruña Real Sociedad Real Valladolid Celta de Vigo
(New Stadium)
Capacity: 22,271
(plans to expand to 45,400)
Capacity: 45,000
(proposed stadium
: finish 2016)
Capacity: 35,600
(plans to expand to 45,000)
Capacity: 32,076
(plans to expand to 43,650)
Capacity: 26,512
(plans to expand to 43,650)
Capacity: 42,381
(proposed stadium
: finish 2017)
Campordelracing-v1.PNG   Estadio de Riazor.A Corunha.Galiza.jpg Tribuna oeste del Estadio Anoeta.JPG Estadio José Zorrilla desde Preferencia A.jpg Grada Río.JPG
Murcia, Spain Alicante, Spain Gijón, Spain      
Nueva Condomina José Rico Pérez El Molinón       
Real Murcia Hércules CF Sporting de Gijón      
Capacity: 31,179
(plans to expand to 41,000)
Capacity: 29,681
(plans to expand to 40,000)
Capacity: 25,885
(plans to expand to 40,000)
Estadio Nueva Condomina.jpg Estadio Jose Rico Perez.JPG ElMolinonSportingvsAthletic30-10-11.jpg      

a: Stadium/site used in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
b: Stadium/site used in the UEFA Euro 2004.

Rejected bid venues

The following is a list of stadiums that were considered at one time as part of the FPF–RFEF's bid to host the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup, but did not make the final cut:

Sevilla Sevilla Cornellà de Llobregat Elche Oviedo
Estadio Benito Villamarín Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Cornellà-El Prat Manuel Martínez Valero Nuevo Carlos Tartiere
Real Betis Sevilla FC RCD Espanyol Elche CF Real Oviedo
Capacity: 52,745 Capacity: 45,500 Capacity: 40,500 Capacity: 36,017 Capacity: 30,500
Estadio Benito Villamarín desde Preferencia.jpg EstadioRamonSanchezPizjuan-SevillaFC.JPG EstadioRCDE Pano.jpg Preferecia Martínez Valero.jpg Estadio Carlos Tartiere 2008.JPG
Faro Braga Málaga Salamanca Girona
Algarve Municipal de Braga La Rosaleda Helmántico Estadi Montilivi
S.C. Farense
Louletano D.C.
S.C. Braga CD Málaga UD Salamanca Girona FC
Capacity: 30,305 Capacity: 30,154 Capacity: 30,044 Capacity: 17,341 Capacity: 10,500
EstadioAlgarve.JPG Estadio Braga.JPG La Rosaleda 2.jpg Estadio Helmantico - Spain vs China 2005.jpg Estadi de Montilivi 1.jpg


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