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China sets ball rolling for World Cup glory

It trains young players and buys US$400m stake in Manchester City as it hopes to shake off its lowly place on the world's soccer ladder

Students at Guangzhou Evergrande's soccer academy during a training session. It could be a long journey for China to win the World Cup. The only time the country qualified for the finals of was in 2002.


WANG Shijie, 11, is a rising star among the nearly 3,000 students at Guangzhou Evergrande's huge soccer academy in south China. He wants to join the national team and help achieve President Xi Jinping's dream of winning the World Cup.

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