by Fitzgerald Cecilio
Argentina and Uruguay may be selected by FIFA to co-host the 2030 World Cup in celebration of the tournament's centenary.
An agreement has been signed by the Argentine Football Association and the Uruguayan Football Association.
"FIFA wishes to celebrate the World Cup's 100 years in Argentina and Uruguay, I can confirm that," said AFA president Julio Grondona, who is also FIFA's senior vice-president.
The first final was held at the Centenario stadium in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo in 1930 before a crowd of more than 80,000, where the hosts, the then double Olympic champions, beat Argentina 4-2 to lift the old Jules Rimet trophy.
Only 13 teams took part then. Uruguay does not have the stadiums or infrastructure to stage a modern, 32-team finals.
The involvement of neighbour Argentina, who staged and won the 1978 finals, made such an enterprise more feasible.
Uruguay's Tourism and Sports ministry formally approached FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the 2010 World Cup about the idea, while a joint Argentine-Uruguayan bid has the backing of South American governing body CONMEBOL.
Blatter has since said that he liked the idea of the centenary tournament being held by Uruguay and Argentina.
The 2002 tournament staged in Japan and South Korea is the only World Cup to be co-hosted to date.
Brazil to sell cheapest-ever tickets for FIFA World Cup 2014
Football governing body, FIFA, said that Brazil would sell cheapest-ever tickets for next year's World Cup.
While announcements of ticket prices just a few weeks away, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke hints that 70% of the matches this time will cost less as compared to the previous events.
Valcke's comments came following Sunday's Confederations Cup, which ended in Brazil amid protests against high World Cup cost, poor public amenities and widespread corruption.
Despite the protests, FIFA President Sepp Blatter praised the Confederations Cup and described it as successful. "I am happy we come to a conclusion now with a sporting result and the impression that the social unrest is now resting - I don't know how long for," he told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.