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Chinese FA Backs Away From Manager's Claim It Will Bid For 2030 World Cup

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 17 / 17

China’s national football team Manager Marcello Lippi forced the Chinese FA to "publish an official denial" on Thursday after the Italian revealed in an interview that the country is set to bid for the 2030 World Cup, according to the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Lippi "reflected on his disappoin...

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