President Xi Jinping (second from left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (left) watch an under-12 soccer game with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (third from left), in Berlin last week. Xi’s love of the game is well known. Photo: EPA

Xi Jinping’s 2050 World Cup soccer dream: where China has got it wrong

Mark Dixon says China’s ambition to win the most important game in the world may just come true, but it should stop focusing on buying the big-name soccer clubs and instead invest in the smaller ones on a massive scale

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President Xi Jinping (second from left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (left) watch an under-12 soccer game with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (third from left), in Berlin last week. Xi’s love of the game is well known. Photo: EPA
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