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The Other Blatter

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Philippe Blatter wants to put China on the map for international sports. Photo: PR
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    China is a growing player in the world of sports, and the Dalian Wanda Group’s acquisition of sports-rights firm Infront could help the country’s goal to host a future soccer World Cup.

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    Facts

    • Philippe Blatter – the nephew of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who quit over a corruption scandal – has run the Swiss sports-marketing firm Infront since 2005.
    • Infront was purchased in February 2015 by the Dalian Wanda Group, which is owned by Chinese billionaire Wang and also does business in real estate and entertainment.
    • Wanda became a sponsor of FIFA in March, and Infront is in charge of broadcast production for upcoming World Cups.
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The man helping lead one of China’s big players in the business of international sports has major name recognition. Philippe Blatter of the Dalian Wanda Group is the nephew of Sepp Blatter, the former head of world soccer federation FIFA.

But Philippe Blatter is also a heavyweight in his own right, having run Swiss sports-rights firm Infront for more than a decade.

Infront was bought in February by the Dalian Wanda Group, owned by China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin. He named Mr. Blatter to head the company’s sports division last year.

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