Yesterday, Sunday (November 20), Borussia Dortmund held the general meeting. On this, for example, the performance of the individual departments was discussed and Dr. Reinhold Lunow elected as the new association president.
As usual, the shareholders’ meeting followed one day later (November 21), at which Hans-Joachim Watzke also spoke to the shareholders. He also spoke about FIFA’s new plans.
Borussia Dortmund: Watzke talks about FIFA plans
It’s been a while since world governing body FIFA discussed plans for a Club World Cup. Hans-Joachim Watzke spoke positively about these plans at the BVB shareholders’ meeting. “There will be a Club World Cup in 2025. Here, too, UEFA and the DFB prevailed over FIFA,” announced the BVB boss.
He then explained: “I think the Club World Cup is a good thing in principle, but you can’t inflate something like that. First there were the ideas of doing this every year, which would have been total nonsense. But every four years a world championship of the best club teams in the world, and not only in Europe, is of course viewed very positively, especially in other parts of the world. I think it could be a huge story overall.”
Borussia Dortmund endorses Club World Cup
From 2025, according to the plan, the Club World Cup should take place with 24 teams instead of eight. The BVB boss has now confirmed these plans. Should Dortmund qualify for the competition, Watzke also hopes for further financial income. He later made this clear.
Hans-Joachim Watzke has been managing director of Borussia Dortmund since February 2005. With his expertise, he steered the club out of bankruptcy in the same year and turned it into an established top club in Europe. Since February of this year, Watzke has also been Vice President of the DFB and Chairman of the DFL Supervisory Board. His contract with BVB runs until December 2025.