China’s President Xi Jinping (right) meets Fifa president Gianni Infantino at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on June 14, 2017. Photo: Reuters
China’s President Xi Jinping (right) meets Fifa president Gianni Infantino at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on June 14, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Xi Jinping’s dream of China hosting the Fifa World Cup now appears to be further away than ever

  • Decision to relinquish 2023 AFC Asian Cup finals caps Chinese football’s spectacular slide from boom to bust in space of 10 years
  • China’s ambitions of becoming a major player in the global game now uncertain, just a decade after splash of cash first made waves

China’s President Xi Jinping (right) meets Fifa president Gianni Infantino at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on June 14, 2017. Photo: Reuters
China’s President Xi Jinping (right) meets Fifa president Gianni Infantino at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on June 14, 2017. Photo: Reuters
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