It has the population, the organisation and the economic muscle. So is there anything to stop the world’s fastest emerging country from becoming a footballing superpower too? 

Alan Smith:

China has a distinct history of introducing sports to children and creating top class athletes. If they creat a proper top class program for footballers then i definatly think they could be a force to be recond with in future World Cups. As a population their view on sport is diciplined and hard working, two key things that young players need to be succesfull.

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Did the former Nottingham Forest, West Ham, Aston Villa and Blackpool striker go to play in the Far East? 

Alex Blower:

Yes, Marlon Harewood has gone to China to play football.

The former Nottingham Forest, West Ham United, Aston Villa and Blackpool striker joined China League One club Guangzhou R&F football club on a six month contract on July 8th 2011.
So far, Marlon Harewood has scored five goals in ten appearances for the Chinese club who are closing in on promotion to the Chinese super league.
Speaking, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror, Harewood outlined his experience so far:
“I have come to do a job – to get this team promoted – and we have been unbeaten since I got here. We work really hard at it. We train twice a day – at 10am and then go back out about 3pm after lunch.”
“The main difference is the heat. The temperature is 30 degrees every day, so I have lost weight – but I feel good. You have to be very fit to last in this heat as it is intense.
“We have a training pitch next to where we stay. We live in a complex and it is like having an away game every day. But the club have been very good at looking after me, and I am not high maintenance.”
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I heard that the much travelled Frenchman was heading East. True?

Janine Self:

Let’s put it this way, it would be a major surprise if he didn’t.  The Frenchman has had a transfer request granted by Chelsea and has been lined up for a move which will earn him a fortune – he even tweeted about it.

  Since Anelka asked for a move, he has been banished from the first-team car park at the training ground and has been made to train with the reserves or the academy. He has not even been allowed to park his car in the main car park.
  It is a touch harsh when you consider he was the mainstay of the Chelsea team for so many years. But he is 32 and has been offered a three-year contract to see out his remaining years in Shanghai.  The man nicknamed the Incredible Sulk is on the move once more.
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Is Didier Drogba going to China?

Janine Self:

Drogba has been consistently linked to a move to China, perhaps even during January but the striker insists that he has no plans to leave yet – although he is not ruling out a departure from Stamford Bridge this summer when his contract expires.

 At the moment Drogba is on African Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast, which means he cannot help Chelsea’s cause.  The onus has fallen on Fernando Torres, but he has now gone 17 games without a goal.  Manager Andre Villas-Boas might want to get rid of Drogba but will not do so unless his alternatives are viable.
Drogba has been offered a one-year extension to his Chelsea contract but wants two years and that might see him accepting the offer from Shanghai, who are believed to be able to pay £200,000-a-week to the forward.  Nicolas Anelka has made the move after being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
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Is David Beckham going to become an ambassador for football in China?

Patrick Hall:
David Beckham, now 37-year-old, has just signed on to become an ambassador for Chinese football. His role will include attending matches in China and lending his star power to help make the game popular among Chinese youth.

“I’m excited by the prospect of promoting the world’s greatest game to Chinese sports fans as I’ve seen firsthand the growing interest in football there,” Beckham said
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