A top Chinese football official has urged FIFA to realise the “dream” of China’s fans by bringing the World Cup to the giant Asian nation in 2030 — or even sooner.
Chinese Football Association vice-president Zhang Jian said FIFA’s rotation policy probably ruled out a return to Asia in 2026, after Qatar hosts the World Cup in 2022.
Zhang told AFP that “it’s not very easy” for China to hold the World Cup in 2026. But he said the final decision was up to world body FIFA.
“Every Chinese football fan has a dream — to host a World Cup in China,” Zhang said in an interview in Goa, where an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) extraordinary congress was aborted on Tuesday. “According to their charter it’s not very easy for us to get 2026… I of course hope it can be here sooner, but FIFA has their charter and we follow their decisions,” added Zhang.
Russia will host the next World Cup in 2018, before Qatar in 2022, with China, the world’s most populous nation and second-biggest economy, keen to follow soon after.