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China excels at the Olympics and Paralympics, but it has only ever qualified for one World Cup—back in 2002. China’s President Xi Jinping, a rabid soccer fan, wants to change that. He’s outlined an ambitious plan to have 50 million children and adults playing the sport by the end of the decade. Can this investment turn China into a soccer superpower?

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