China talks of World Cup bid in 2026

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

China’s Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has sig­naled it may bid for the World Cup in 2026, rais­ing spec­u­la­tion that such a move could un­der­mine the hopes of Ja­pan, South Korea, Qatar and even Aus­tralia, which are in the run­ning to host the 2022 tour­na­ment. The win­ning bids for 2018 and 2022 will be an­nounced Dec. 2, with a Euro­pean coun­try ex­pected to be cho­sen for the ear­lier year. The emer­gence of China as a con­tender for 2026 could work in fa­vor of the U.S. bid for 2022.

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