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The Chinese Super League has come a long way since its foundation in 2004. With China’s football reforms having called for a tangible split between commercial and logistical operations at the league and its governance overseers at the Chinese Football Association, the decision-making process across Chinese football is nevertheless still fairly labyrinthine and opaque.
In this episode of the Leaders podcast, Beijing-based journalist and presenter Mark Dreyer – the man behind the China Sports Insider sports business news and analysis site – gives his first-hand view on the development of Chinese football, and the direction of travel for sport and sports investments in China.
On the agenda:
– Wang Jianlin and Wanda’s return to Dalian;
– Transfer business, player tax, and how it works;
– Decision making, and how it does and doesn’t happen;
– Why Chinese players tend to be late developers;
– President Xi Jinping’s move to scrap presidential term limits and what it means for sport.