Category: China Soccer Observatory

China shines the spotlight on football spending spree

Written by Simon Chadwick. English football fans often use the phrase ‘it all kicked-off’, which essentially means ‘when the trouble started’. In the never-ending soap opera that is Chinese football, it has all kicked-off once again over the last month or so. During the politically induced damp squib […]

China and Qatar’s Stadium Diplomacy

Written by Simon Chadwick. Football’s global centre of gravity is shifting eastwards as countries in Asia strategically focus on the sport’s development. As I’ve previously noted, in this Football 3.0 Qatar and China are playing an essential role in the sport’s ‘Asianisation’.