Category Archives: sport

China: far away from the World Cup – Rowan Simons

China imposed a 100% tax for transfers of foreign players to loss-making soccer clubs – in fact all. A desperate measure that shows China is very far away from playing, less alone winning the World Cup, as president Xi Jinping wants it, says Beijing-based soccer expert Rowan Simons at Sky News.

How baseball is slowly conquering China – Jeffrey Towson

Soccer has been catching most headlines in trying to conquer China. But the long term strategy to root baseball into the country might offer more chances for success, writes Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his weblog. “Major League Baseball (MLB) Is Copying the NBA in China – And It Might Work.”

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,

Copy-paste NBA strategy into China might work – Jeffrey Towson

While copy-pasting foreign business strategies into China often failed, Peking university business professor Jeffrey Towson makes an exception for the American NBA strategy, he writes on his LindenIn page. “A clever long-term business strategy,” he says.

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.

2016: when China´s consumers went crazy for sports – Jeffrey Towson

Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson notes at his LinkedIn page that many consumers at the Beijing subway have started to wear sports wear. Adidas is one of the winners in a convincing trend towards a healthier lifestyle, he argues. Although he expects this catches on among women more than smoking men.

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.