Child’s play The kindergartens driving China’s football dream
14 June 2019 | 1:59 pm
Their heads soaked in sweat, a class of little boys practises Lionel Messi-esque stepovers at a kindergarten tucked away between residential tower blocks in Shanghai. They do not know it, but they are a tiny part of President Xi Jinping's aggressive drive to make China a footballing superpower by 2050.
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