Monica of Brazil challenges for the ball with Li Dongna of China in the Olympic group E opener. Photo: Kyodo
James Porteous
Opinion

Opinion

James Porteous

Brazil show China's Olympic players that footballing culture has to be bred, not bought

A glamour tie in Rio was just the tonic for president Xi’s soccer revolution – until the result showed the gulf that separates them, and reiterated how money alone can’t bridge that gap

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Monica of Brazil challenges for the ball with Li Dongna of China in the Olympic group E opener. Photo: Kyodo
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