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How new rules will kill soccer transfers to China – Rowan Simons

China has been a financial paradise for many top European soccer players. But a new rule by the China Football Association, with a 100% tax on transfers by clubs who are losing money, might kill this track, says Beijing-based soccer expert Rowan Simons to Tribal Football.

The China Football Association is illegal under FIFA rules – Rowan Simons

Soccer in China is government organized and that not only leads to a bad quality soccer, it is also illegal under the FIFA rules, writes soccer expert Rowan Simons at the New York Times. Rowan Simons is chairman of China ClubFootball FC, the first amateur football network in China with foreign investors, and the author of “Bamboo Goalposts.

Why soccer in China will fail – Rowan Simons

China´s soccer clubs have been spending unprecedented amounts of capital in buying foreign players and improving high-profile stadiums and other infrastructure, hoping to win the World Cup. But the basis is wrong, so the efforts will fail, says Beijing-based soccer expert Rowan Simons to AFP,

Uphill battle for Xi´s soccer dream – Rowan Simons

Developer Reeze Fan of SoccerWorld tries to capitalize on president Xi Jinping´s dream to change China into a soccer nation by building recreational soccer complexes. But despite prominent support, Fan faces an uphill battle, warns soccer expert Rowan Simons in Bloomberg.

China´s failing soccer reform – Rowan Simons

Reforming Chinese soccer has been one of the pet projects of president Xi Jinping. But despite much political goodwill and millions moving ahead, results have been poor, says Beijing-based soccer expert Rowan Simons in a wide-ranging interview with the South China Morning Post, looking at his grass-root experiences in Beijing.

Why China´s billionnaires look for European soccer clubs – Rupert Hoogewerf

European soccer clubs and their stakeholders look on with mixed feelings when yet another Chinese billionnaire sets his eyes on their clubs. But from the perspective of the Chinese billionnaires it makes perfectly sense, says Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the China Rich List Hurun to the Telegraph.

No Messi or Ronaldo for China soon – Rowan Simons

There is no shortage of ambition and money to put soccer on China´s agenda as the FIFA 2018 World Cup in South-Korea is on the horizon. But there is no quick fix to makes it into the world league fast, warns soccer expert Rowan Simons in the South China Morning Post.

China´s soccer target is more than winning the World Cup – Rowan Simons

President Xi Jinping still wants China to win the World Cup by 2050, but fortunately, his 50-point soccer plans is about much more, tells soccer expert Rowan Simons to WorldCrunch.”China’s soccer leaders will be millions of people participating in the game because they enjoy it.”

China is overspending on soccer – Rowan Simons

China has been spending too much money on soccer, especially on players and coaches, says soccer expert Rowan Simons to AFP. But there is no end in sight, and it is not helping soccer in China.

Why Suning went for Inter Milan – Rupert Hoogewerf

Why is retail giant Suning going for one of Europe´s largest soccer clubs, while other Chinese tycoons went for the smaller fish? It is part of the firm´s global strategy, expending into Europe, says Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun China rich list in the International Business Times.