South Korea may have to fly up to 42 hours to play a single match at the 2030 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Morocco, Spain, and Portugal.
On Thursday, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced that it has selected Morocco in 현금홀덤사이트 Africa and Spain and Portugal in Europe as co-hosts of the 2030 World Cup.
The organization also announced that South America will host the 100th anniversary of the World Cup, with one opening match each in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay.
This brings the total number of opening matches to six.
For the Asian nation of South Korea, it’s bad news.
We can only hope that if we do get an opening match, it will be in Morocco, Spain, or Portugal.
In particular, the six nations that will play three games, including the opening match, in South America will have to play just one game before traveling to the Iberian Peninsula in Europe and Morocco in Africa for the rest of the group stage and tournament.
It takes about 13 hours to fly between Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, and Madrid, Spain.
That’s a 12-hour flight with three group games in four days, which is hardly enough time to focus on rest.
It’s not fair to a country that doesn’t play its opening match in South America and starts its first schedule in Spain-Portugal-Morocco.
We can only hope that the opening match will be in Spain-Portugal-Morocco.
The flight time between Rabat, the capital of Morocco on the African continent, and Madrid on the European continent is about an hour.
From Incheon International Airport to Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, the flight time is 26 hours, which is at least 30 hours with one stopover in the best case scenario and 35 hours with two stops.
From there, it’s another 12 hours of pure flight time to Madrid, Spain.
If you do the math, that’s at least 30 hours of air travel to play the first game, and then at least 12 hours of air travel to play the next game.
There will be 48 nations in the 2030 World Cup, and it will be interesting to see which six of them will receive a spot in the Spain-Portugal-Morocco tournament.
The odds are 12.5%.