Nico Yennaris is part of Chinese football history. Photo: Twitter
Jonathan White
Opinion

Opinion

Jonathan White

Nico Yennaris’ naturalisation may just help bring China into the 21st century

  • Born in London to an ethnically Chinese mother and Cypriot father, Nico Yennaris’ selection for China national team sparks debate
  • Magnitude of this moment cannot be downplayed and signals start of new era for Chinese football

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Nico Yennaris is part of Chinese football history. Photo: Twitter
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Nico Yennaris, also known as Li Ke, celebrates a goal in the Chinese Super League. Photo: Agence France-Presse

Nico Yennaris makes history as China’s first naturalised player after call-up from Marcello Lippi

  • Former Arsenal midfielder joined Beijing Guoan this season and has already got the nod for the national team
  • Landmark selection expected to be the start of a new-look China side ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in September
Topic |   Chinese Football Association (CFA)

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Nico Yennaris, also known as Li Ke, celebrates a goal in the Chinese Super League. Photo: Agence France-Presse
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