German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photos prior to a soccer match between the U12 teams of Germany and China in Berlin, Germany earlier this month. Photo: AP
Simon Chadwick
Opinion

Opinion

Simon Chadwick

China’s football transfer moves show the power, and unpredictability, of the state

President Xi Jinping may be leading the line in China’s football grand plans, but recent moves have caught others in the world game offside

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photos prior to a soccer match between the U12 teams of Germany and China in Berlin, Germany earlier this month. Photo: AP
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Simon Chadwick

Simon Chadwick

Simon Chadwick is a Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford University in the UK, where he is also a member of the Centre for Sports Business.