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Explainer: Ireland, the 2030 World Cup, the rival bids, and previous failed attempts to host a major finals

There’s little new in discussions of a UK-Irish bid for the centenary finals

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FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill

FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill

FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill

Out of nowhere, Boris Johnson and Micheál Martin have suddenly become the faces of the long-standing idea that Ireland might join with the four UK nations to host the 2030 World Cup.

There’s a whiff of the need for a good news distraction about the way in which the concept has suddenly become a major talking point and captured the imagination of people who may not be aware the wheels were set in motion well before either man became leader of their respective countries.


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