Rowan Simons
Rowan Simons

After decades of failed reforms, China´s soccer sees now the largest push for change ever, triggered by soccer fan Xi Jinping. Soccer expert Rowan has some hope it might work, he tells Associated Press.

Associated Press:

Rowan Simons, head of China ClubFootball, an amateur soccer network in Beijing with 4,000 children, said the reform plan has the potential to be a major turning point if the government truly commits to the long-term process.

“It changes what has been a fatal short-termism, leaders being appointed and requiring results in the few years they’ll be there, and discounting any plans that take longer than that,” he said.

“Football reform has been tried many times in China, but nothing of this scale.”

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