FIFA – Popular Club World Cup
FIFA Vice-President Issa Hayatou provided a report on the preliminary draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa as well as other matters relating to the tournament itself, following which the Executive Committee ratified the decisions taken by the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ at it’s meeting in Durban on 24 November 2007.
Positive reports on the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and the Club World Cup were also given by the chairmen of the respective FIFA organising committees, Ricardo Teixeira and Viacheslav Koloskov With respect to the Club World Cup, it was noted thai Portugal, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan had expressed an interest in hosting this competition in 2009 and 2010 These four associations received the list of requirements in mid-January 2008 and have until 15 May 2008 to submit their full bidding documentation. The FIFA Executive Committee will reach a decision on tne host association for the two tournaments at its meeting in Sydney on 27 May 2008.
With respect to the history of the FIFA Club World Cijp and intercontinental club competitions in years gone by, such as the Copa Rio in the 1950s, the Executive Committee endorsed the view that the first edition of this competition was held in 2000 in Brazil where Corinthians became the very first FIFA club world champions. Other tournaments are not considered official FIFA events.