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Saudi Arabia’s football federation unveils bid to host FIFA World Cup 2034

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Saudi Arabia’s football federation unveiled its bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2034 on Friday, which comes after the Kingdom’s announcement last year that they would move to make a bid.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) will use the campaign slogan “Growing. Together” and showcase Saudi Arabia’s passion, spirit and diversity of football.

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Saudi Arabia’s rapid transformation and the positive impact of hosting the tournament could have a profound impact on international football and the World Cup itself.

The 2034 edition of the tournament will see 48 teams participate.

Saudi Arabia has hosted over 100 international events in over 40 sports over the last six years.

The campaign slogan aims to capture the spirit of that bond, as the Kingdom, its people, and world football help build a better future, according to the federation.

“Telling our football story to the world is of massive importance. And we believe Growing. Together. is the perfect, yet simple description of our approach to hopefully hosting the tournament in 10 years’ time,” SAFF President Yasser Al Misehal said.

He added: “Bidding to host a FIFA World Cup is only made possible by the rapid transformation the country is enjoying. We’ve made unprecedented progress in both the men’s and women’s game, and our bid is an open invitation to the world to join us on this exciting journey.”

The logo used in Saudi Arabia’s campaign comprises rows of multi-colored ribbons, with football and cultural symbols aiming to capture the young Saudi population, its vibrant society and its rich heritage.

Hammad Albalawi, head of the SAFF FIFA World Cup 2034 bid unit, said the campaign was powered by the hopes and dreams of 32 million people in Saudi Arabia.

“Our responsibility is to submit the best possible bid to FIFA, make our country proud and fulfill the trust placed upon us by more than 130 Member Associations across the world who supported our bid,” he said.

Albalawi pointed to Vision 2030 and the “unconditional support of our country’s leadership.”

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