Previous
Chelsea
West Ham United
Dec 26, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burnley
Liverpool
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Everton
Stoke City
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers
Dec 26, 2014 5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
By ESPN Staff

Blatter: China set to bid for World Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed China are keen to stage the World Cup.

Fresh from hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, China, according to Blatter, are now keen to take on international football's premier tournament.

'Back in April, at the draw for the Olympic football tournament, the Chinese already expressed an accordant wish,' the president was quoted as saying by German football magazine Kicker.

Blatter claimed though China had some way to go before they would be in a position to host the tournament, saying first they needed to 'put football in order'.

'That needs time,' he added. 'China are used to working to a plan.

'In football they don't work to a plan. Now one has to start from the bottom, from the under-17s to the under-23s.'

China would also not get to host the competition before 2022 at the earliest.

'The Chinese would like the World Cup, but that will not happen before 2022,' Blatter added.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.