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Despite Xi Jinping’s ambitions and deep-pocketed backers, China has a long way to go before it scores goals on the global soccer stage

2 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
hina has one final chance to keep hopes alive for a berth at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but the national team's chances to fulfill the first of the Chinese president's three wishes for soccer look slim.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.