Will Fifa president Gianni Infantino hand over the 2026 World Cup to China? Photo: AFP Will Fifa president Gianni Infantino hand over the 2026 World Cup to China? Photo: AFP
Will Fifa president Gianni Infantino hand over the 2026 World Cup to China? Photo: AFP
Tim Noonan
Opinion

Opinion

Tim Noonan

Partners in distraction, Fifa needs China as much as the mainland needs it

With president Gianni Infantino proposing an increase in World Cup teams from 32 to 48, underperforming countries may reap rewards they can’t currently earn

Will Fifa president Gianni Infantino hand over the 2026 World Cup to China? Photo: AFP Will Fifa president Gianni Infantino hand over the 2026 World Cup to China? Photo: AFP
Will Fifa president Gianni Infantino hand over the 2026 World Cup to China? Photo: AFP
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Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.