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Dec 13, 2020

In this episode we discuss the world’s most popular sport, football (soccer). Football is hugely popular in China and around the world, and we are here to share with the global audience what the football scene is like in China. We talk about the professional league in China, why China’s national football team has struggled eternally, and football at the amateur and grassroots levels.

Show Notes:

  • Football in China - is it actually popular?
  • In recent years there have been some high profile footballers that have moved to China from the top European leagues - how has that happened and how has it changed football in China?
  • Chinese Super League overview, teams, naming conventions, and rivalries.
  • Differences between the “footballing culture” between China and Europe, and gaps in organization and infrastructure.
  • Football fans and “ultras” fan culture in China.
  • The eternal struggle of China’s national men’s football team - why can’t a country with 1.4 billion people field 11 top quality players?
  • Cultural factors that limit football development in China.
  • Many foreign players have looked at China as a lucrative opportunity for playing football - what does a foreign player need to know?

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