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2027 Women's World Cup: Rio de Janeiro will likely host the opening and closing of the competition

Brazil confirmed its favoritism and was chosen to be the host country for the 2027 Women's World Cup. The decision took place during the 74th FIFA Congress in the early hours of this Friday, in Bangkok, Thailand, and had the president of Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ednaldo Rodrigues, the Minister of Sports, André Fufuca, the CBF women's competition coordinator, Aline Pellegrino, and the players Formiga and Kerolin as some of the country's representatives.

This was the first time that the choice of the host of the women's football tournament was determined by the Congress of the entity, which has 211 members. Previously, the decision was in the hands of the Council, which is made up of 36 members. Brazil's competitor was the joint candidacy formed by Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. As the countries in dispute cannot vote, 207 voters who are part of the national football federations associated with FIFA participated in the process.

Ednaldo Rodrigues and the Brazilian delegation arrived in Thailand with a focus on getting more and more votes, and the effort was successful. In Congress, 119 were in favor of the Women's Cup in Brazil, and 78 chose European countries. In addition, 10 abstained. With the result, the women's World Cup will land in South America for the first time and the country will be its new host.

The Brazilian candidacy to host the competition was made official in December 2023, during a meeting at FIFA headquarters, in Switzerland. At the time, Ednaldo highlighted that everyone was “confident” that the 2027 Women’s World Cup would be in Brazil.

The project presented highlights 10 venues: Mineirão (Belo Horizonte), Mané Garrincha (Brasília), Arena Pantanal (Cuiabá), Castelão (Fortaleza), Arena da Amazônia (Manaus), Beira-Rio (Porto Alegre), Arena Pernambuco (Recife) , Fonte Nova (Salvador), Neo Química Arena (São Paulo) and Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro). The planning foresees the Rio stadium as the stage for both the opening and closing of the competition.

In addition to Brazil and the European trio, the dispute initially also included South Africa and the United States and Mexico, which came together and presented a joint project. The African country gave up competing last year and should try again in the next edition. The North American duo withdrew their candidacy in April and declared their focus on hosting the 2031 Women's Cup, which left only two candidates.

Credits: The Day

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