China willing to bid for Fifa Club World Cup

A Chinese delegation at the current competition in Morocco has shown willingness to host future Fifa Club World Cup events in the mainland

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 December, 2013, 1:04pm
UPDATED : Friday, 20 December, 2013, 2:32pm

China has expressed a willingness to bid to host the Fifa Club World Cup, Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke revealed on Thursday during the current comptition in Morocco.

Valcke told a press conference that the bidding to host the Club World Cups from 2015 to 2018 will start in February and the final decision will be made by the end of September next year. The 2014 event will also be held in Morocco.

The format for the Club World Cup involves seven teams playing over a two-week period. Clubs from Asia, Africa, North America, South America , Oceania and Europe compete with a team from the host nation in a knock-out tournament. The current competition will culminate in a final to be played on Saturday between Bayern Munich from Europe and Raja Casablanca from the host nation.

Several countries including China had shown their interest in hosting the tournament, Valcke added.

A three-member delegation from the soccer management centre at China’s General Administration of Sports were in Morocco to watch games played by Guangzhou Evergrande, winners of the new AFC Champions League.

During their stay, the delegation told Fifa about China’s interest in bidding for the Club World Cup.

Guangzhou is the most likely host among China’s cities.