MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday
officially transferred the authority to host the next FIFA World
Cup tournament to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani,
the Kremlin said.
At a ceremony held
at the Kremlin’s Armorial Hall, Putin handed over a red and
white World Cup football to the emir of Qatar, where the next
world football championship will be held from November 21 to
December 18, 2022, according to a Kremlin statement.
Putin said Russia is
proud of its achievements in hosting the World Cup and is happy
to share its experience with Qatar.
“I am sure that our
friends from Qatar will be able to host the FIFA World Cup in
2022 at the same high level. And, of course, we are ready to
share our experience of hosting the World Cup this year with our
friends in Qatar,” Putin said.
Gianni Infantino also attended the ceremony, the Kremlin said.
The final match of
the 2018 tournament will be held later on Sunday at the Luzhniki
stadium in the Russian capital city Moscow, with France playing
2019 FIFA Club World Cup has
“big chance” to
be held in China, Infantino has told Jack Ma
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup has “a big chance”
to be held in China, FIFA President Infantino has agreed in a
meeting with Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Chinese e-commerce
giant Alibaba Group, the tournament’s top sponsor.
Alibaba’s sports arm
Alisports CEO Zhang Dazhong, who was present at the meeting,
told Xinhua, “The meeting lasted more than one hour. It was a
very exciting dialogue between Chinese entrepreneurs and
president of world football’s governing body.
“I believe that the
FIFA Club World Cup is not far from China. It is very likely
that the 2019 and 2020 tournaments will both go to China,
although we still need to go through some procedures,” Zhang
“FIFA supports China
to host the Club World Cup and FIFA is also looking to expand
the Club World Cup, which will be a great chance for China,” he
The Club World Cup
is an annual tournament which features all its six
confederations’ champions plus the host nation’s league winner.
The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup will be held in UAE in December.
FIFA signed an
eight-year partnership deal in 2015 with Alibaba E-Auto, the car
manufacturing brand of Alibaba, which was the first new sponsor
contracted by FIFA since September 2013.
Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba, was selected
as the “Presenting Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup”. The
partnership will last until 2022, with Alibaba Cloud, the
biggest provider of public cloud services in China, investing
millions of dollars in the event.