Chinese fans cheer on their team during the women’s first-round match between Brazil and China at the Rio Olympics. Pushed by President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government plans to turn the country into a soccer powerhouse by 2050. Photo: EPA

Can China really buy its way to global cultural influence via the soccer pitch?

Emanuele Scimia says its huge investment in Europe’s clubs, in a bid to become a powerhouse in the sport, underlines a far bigger dream

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Chinese fans cheer on their team during the women’s first-round match between Brazil and China at the Rio Olympics. Pushed by President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government plans to turn the country into a soccer powerhouse by 2050. Photo: EPA
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