After the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Fifa President Gianni Infantino still had appointments to complete. One topic was the Fifa Club World Championship, which the Swiss wants to reform. The head of the world football federation met with the head of Alibaba Jack Ma and Zhang Dazhong, CEO of the subsidiary Alisports.
China seems to be a promising candidate for the orientation. "It is very likely that the 2019 and 2020 tournaments will take place in China, although there are still some details to clarify," he told Xinhua news agency. Up to now, the venue of the Club World Cup has moved between Japan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates since 2005.
China, however, is becoming increasingly important for Fifa. More and more companies are official sponsors - including Alibaba. The market is also becoming increasingly attractive for clubs: FC Schalke 04 presented its away kit at the ISPO Shanghai. FC Bayern, which recently presented its future orientation at ISPO Digitize, made a guest appearance in China last year. In 2013 FC Bayern won the Club World Championship.
However, in a mode that could soon be reformed. World Association President Infantino wants to expand the Club World Cup and also create a new competition for the national teams, but has so far met with rejection at the Fifa Council.