Highlighting China’s contribution to the Qatar World Cup, Chinese Ambassador to Qatar Zhou Jian said, “Chinese elements are extremely prominent.”

Indeed, “Made in China” goods are increasingly present in the world’s biggest football tournament, especially the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Chinese companies are the top sponsors, spending even more money than their U.S. counterparts, like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Budweiser.

Data from London-based information services firm GlobalData show that China companies spent nearly $1.4 billion on sponsorship, about $300 million more than American businesses.

The host country spent more than $200 billion constructing facilities, such as roads, hotels, and stadiums, over 12 years. One of eight lavish stadiums, Lusail Stadium, with a capacity of 80,000, is shaped like a date palm bowl and an enamel lantern. This gleaming stadium is China Railway Corporation’s work in cooperation with Qatar. Lusail will be the venue for the finals on December 18.

This is the first time a Chinese company and also the first time a state-owned enterprise has built a World Cup venue. The image of Lusail Stadium has been printed on Qatar’s new 10-riyal ($2.75) banknote.

Wanda Group is the Chinese company that sponsors World Cup 2022 the most. According to GlobalData, the Beijing-based real estate group has committed to spending 850 million dollars on a 15-year sponsorship agreement for all World Cups through 2030.

Chinese major phone maker Vivo is the official smartphone of the 2022 World Cup, spending about $450 million on a 6-year contract until 2022.

La’eeb, meaning ‘super-skilled player’ in Arabic, is the official mascot of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. It was created in Dongguan city in the central Guangdong Province, China.

The online marketplace AliExpress showed sales of Chinese-made flags and soccer shoes surged by 200% and 300% in October and November, respectively. Similarly, Chinese-produced table soccer machines increased by 120% month-on-month in November.

1,500 buses of China’s leading bus manufacturer Yutong are also gliding on the roads of Qatar. Nearly 888 are electric buses, transporting thousands of officials, journalists, and fans to different venues.

Yutong’s electric buses, which can travel more than 200 kilometers on a single charge, now account for about a quarter of bus trips at the event. This is the first time China’s clean-energy buses have been used in a single major global sporting event.

And yet, Midea Group—a giant specializing in manufacturing home appliances in China—said that about 2,500 of its air conditioners had been assembled at 100 security inspection centers at seven World Cup venues.

China’s national treasure—two giant pandas—arrived in Qatar on Wednesday ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Ambassador Zhou said that these “Chinese elements have deepened the friendship between the people of China and Qatar, consolidated the cooperation foundation between the two countries, and injected a strong impetus to the development of bilateral relations.”

By contrast, China’s football team is missing out on the World Cup again, although the nation has spent millions —probably billions—to develop the game. As reported by The Associated Press, China needs help finding 11 solid soccer players.Cameron Wilson, a British journalist who has lived in China for almost 20 years and is the founding editor of the website “Wild East Football” said, “Football is one of the few things in the world that is bigger than China.”

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