A student at the Evergrande Football School practicing headshots.  China has embarked in a nationwide ambitious and costly campaign to bring national soccer to world class levels. The effort spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, who loves the sport, includes the selection and training of thousands of football players from the youngest age as well as the import of world champions to improve the level of the National League plagued for decades by corruption scandals.

A student at the Evergrande Football School practicing headshots.

China has embarked in a nationwide ambitious and costly campaign to bring national soccer to world class levels. The effort spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, who loves the sport, includes the selection and training of thousands of football players from the youngest age as well as the import of world champions to improve the level of the National League plagued for decades by corruption scandals.

 The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium is full for a Chinese League game between Evergrande, the local team and league leader, and Changcun Yatai F.C..  After cleaning itself from decades of corruption scandals, China's Football League has seen increased interest from the public. Real Estate conglomerates, insurance companies and internet giants now own the major clubs and have embarked in costly investment, bringing in coaches and players from Europe and Latin America. Among many such deals, Evergrande bought the Columbia striker Jackson Martinez from the Atletico Madrid for $46 million in 2016.   

The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium is full for a Chinese League game between Evergrande, the local team and league leader, and Changcun Yatai F.C..

After cleaning itself from decades of corruption scandals, China's Football League has seen increased interest from the public. Real Estate conglomerates, insurance companies and internet giants now own the major clubs and have embarked in costly investment, bringing in coaches and players from Europe and Latin America. Among many such deals, Evergrande bought the Columbia striker Jackson Martinez from the Atletico Madrid for $46 million in 2016.

 

 At The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters cheering during a Chinese League game against Changcun Yatai F.C..

At The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters cheering during a Chinese League game against Changcun Yatai F.C..

 At The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters cheering as their team just scored a goal during a Chinese League game against Changcun Yatai F.C..

At The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters cheering as their team just scored a goal during a Chinese League game against Changcun Yatai F.C..

 Outside The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters buying the Jackson Martinez T-shirt. The Colombian striker has been acquired by Evergrande for a whooping $46 million in 2016. He has quickly become a favourite for the club supporters.  In the main pro trading season last year, the 16 Chinese Super League teams spent over $300 million hiring away promising foreign players, outstripping player spending by the English Premier League by nearly $120 million.

Outside The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters buying the Jackson Martinez T-shirt. The Colombian striker has been acquired by Evergrande for a whooping $46 million in 2016. He has quickly become a favourite for the club supporters.

In the main pro trading season last year, the 16 Chinese Super League teams spent over $300 million hiring away promising foreign players, outstripping player spending by the English Premier League by nearly $120 million.

 Outside the Workers Stadium in Beijing, a booth selling players stickers to supporters. 

Outside the Workers Stadium in Beijing, a booth selling players stickers to supporters. 

 Outside the Workers stadium in Beijing, supporters of the Beijing club Guoan waiting for friends by a statue representing workers.

Outside the Workers stadium in Beijing, supporters of the Beijing club Guoan waiting for friends by a statue representing workers.

 Supporters of the Beijing club Guoan cheering before the start of a game at the Workers Stadium. Guoan supporters are among the most fierce and unruly of Chinese football.

Supporters of the Beijing club Guoan cheering before the start of a game at the Workers Stadium. Guoan supporters are among the most fierce and unruly of Chinese football.

 Guan supporters waving during a game at Beijing Workers Stadium.

Guan supporters waving during a game at Beijing Workers Stadium.

 Evergrande striker Jackson Ramirez, cheering his fans after a Chinese league game at Tianhe stadium in Guangzhou.  Jackson Ramirez was transferred to Guangzhou Evergrande from Atletico Madrid at a cost of $46 million.  

Evergrande striker Jackson Ramirez, cheering his fans after a Chinese league game at Tianhe stadium in Guangzhou.

Jackson Ramirez was transferred to Guangzhou Evergrande from Atletico Madrid at a cost of $46 million.  

 A cook and friends watching a game of the 2016 Eurocup, late at night on a street of Beijing. International football tournaments draw huge audiences in China, in spite of the absence of the National team which poor performances don't allow a presence in such games. The national men’s team recently placed 83rd in FIFA rankings, just ahead of the Faroe Islands.

A cook and friends watching a game of the 2016 Eurocup, late at night on a street of Beijing. International football tournaments draw huge audiences in China, in spite of the absence of the National team which poor performances don't allow a presence in such games. The national men’s team recently placed 83rd in FIFA rankings, just ahead of the Faroe Islands.

 A giant model of the World Cup trophy outside the Evergrande Football school in Guangdong.   The school, the biggest in the world with hundreds of students and dozens of football fields has become a symbol of China's efforts to become a world class football nation.   Since this photo was taken the school had to remove the statue at the FIFA's request.

A giant model of the World Cup trophy outside the Evergrande Football school in Guangdong. 

The school, the biggest in the world with hundreds of students and dozens of football fields has become a symbol of China's efforts to become a world class football nation. 

Since this photo was taken the school had to remove the statue at the FIFA's request.

 Gardeners working at the entrance gate of the Evergrande Football School, the world’s biggest soccer boarding school and a showcase for China's ambitions to groom talents of international caliber. 

Gardeners working at the entrance gate of the Evergrande Football School, the world’s biggest soccer boarding school and a showcase for China's ambitions to groom talents of international caliber. 

 Students at the Evergrande Football School playing soccer during the training classes. The school counts 48 football pitches

Students at the Evergrande Football School playing soccer during the training classes. The school counts 48 football pitches

 Students of the Evergrande football school having breakfast at the school's canteen decorated with drawings of football players.

Students of the Evergrande football school having breakfast at the school's canteen decorated with drawings of football players.

 Students rushing to classes at the Evergrande football school

Students rushing to classes at the Evergrande football school

 A student book in hand running to class through Evergrande football school park decorated with the statue of a player with the world cup trophy in hands.

A student book in hand running to class through Evergrande football school park decorated with the statue of a player with the world cup trophy in hands.

 Students of the Evergrande football school training.

Students of the Evergrande football school training.

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 Students of the Evergrande football school training.

Students of the Evergrande football school training.

 Students of the Evergrande football school doing stretching exercises under the eyes of a spanish coach. The school football training has been set up in partnership with the Real Madrid and number of Spanish coach work there.

Students of the Evergrande football school doing stretching exercises under the eyes of a spanish coach. The school football training has been set up in partnership with the Real Madrid and number of Spanish coach work there.

 A student at pain during a gym session. 

A student at pain during a gym session. 

 Students of the Evergrande football school practicing their dribbling.

Students of the Evergrande football school practicing their dribbling.

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 A 9 years old student preparing his bed for the night at Evergrande Football school.

A 9 years old student preparing his bed for the night at Evergrande Football school.

 An employee sweeping the alleys of the Evergrande Football School manicured gardens where a mosaic represents a giant soccer ball. 

An employee sweeping the alleys of the Evergrande Football School manicured gardens where a mosaic represents a giant soccer ball. 

 A student at the Evergrande Football School practicing headshots.  China has embarked in a nationwide ambitious and costly campaign to bring national soccer to world class levels. The effort spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, who loves the sport, includes the selection and training of thousands of football players from the youngest age as well as the import of world champions to improve the level of the National League plagued for decades by corruption scandals.
 The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium is full for a Chinese League game between Evergrande, the local team and league leader, and Changcun Yatai F.C..  After cleaning itself from decades of corruption scandals, China's Football League has seen increased interest from the public. Real Estate conglomerates, insurance companies and internet giants now own the major clubs and have embarked in costly investment, bringing in coaches and players from Europe and Latin America. Among many such deals, Evergrande bought the Columbia striker Jackson Martinez from the Atletico Madrid for $46 million in 2016.   
 At The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters cheering during a Chinese League game against Changcun Yatai F.C..
 At The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters cheering as their team just scored a goal during a Chinese League game against Changcun Yatai F.C..
 Outside The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters buying the Jackson Martinez T-shirt. The Colombian striker has been acquired by Evergrande for a whooping $46 million in 2016. He has quickly become a favourite for the club supporters.  In the main pro trading season last year, the 16 Chinese Super League teams spent over $300 million hiring away promising foreign players, outstripping player spending by the English Premier League by nearly $120 million.
 Outside the Workers Stadium in Beijing, a booth selling players stickers to supporters. 
 Outside the Workers stadium in Beijing, supporters of the Beijing club Guoan waiting for friends by a statue representing workers.
 Supporters of the Beijing club Guoan cheering before the start of a game at the Workers Stadium. Guoan supporters are among the most fierce and unruly of Chinese football.
 Guan supporters waving during a game at Beijing Workers Stadium.
 Evergrande striker Jackson Ramirez, cheering his fans after a Chinese league game at Tianhe stadium in Guangzhou.  Jackson Ramirez was transferred to Guangzhou Evergrande from Atletico Madrid at a cost of $46 million.  
 A cook and friends watching a game of the 2016 Eurocup, late at night on a street of Beijing. International football tournaments draw huge audiences in China, in spite of the absence of the National team which poor performances don't allow a presence in such games. The national men’s team recently placed 83rd in FIFA rankings, just ahead of the Faroe Islands.
 A giant model of the World Cup trophy outside the Evergrande Football school in Guangdong.   The school, the biggest in the world with hundreds of students and dozens of football fields has become a symbol of China's efforts to become a world class football nation.   Since this photo was taken the school had to remove the statue at the FIFA's request.
 Gardeners working at the entrance gate of the Evergrande Football School, the world’s biggest soccer boarding school and a showcase for China's ambitions to groom talents of international caliber. 
 Students at the Evergrande Football School playing soccer during the training classes. The school counts 48 football pitches
 Students of the Evergrande football school having breakfast at the school's canteen decorated with drawings of football players.
 Students rushing to classes at the Evergrande football school
 A student book in hand running to class through Evergrande football school park decorated with the statue of a player with the world cup trophy in hands.
 Students of the Evergrande football school training.
Foot-21.jpg
 Students of the Evergrande football school training.
 Students of the Evergrande football school doing stretching exercises under the eyes of a spanish coach. The school football training has been set up in partnership with the Real Madrid and number of Spanish coach work there.
 A student at pain during a gym session. 
 Students of the Evergrande football school practicing their dribbling.
Foot-26.jpg
 A 9 years old student preparing his bed for the night at Evergrande Football school.
 An employee sweeping the alleys of the Evergrande Football School manicured gardens where a mosaic represents a giant soccer ball. 

A student at the Evergrande Football School practicing headshots.

China has embarked in a nationwide ambitious and costly campaign to bring national soccer to world class levels. The effort spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, who loves the sport, includes the selection and training of thousands of football players from the youngest age as well as the import of world champions to improve the level of the National League plagued for decades by corruption scandals.

The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium is full for a Chinese League game between Evergrande, the local team and league leader, and Changcun Yatai F.C..

After cleaning itself from decades of corruption scandals, China's Football League has seen increased interest from the public. Real Estate conglomerates, insurance companies and internet giants now own the major clubs and have embarked in costly investment, bringing in coaches and players from Europe and Latin America. Among many such deals, Evergrande bought the Columbia striker Jackson Martinez from the Atletico Madrid for $46 million in 2016.

 

At The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters cheering during a Chinese League game against Changcun Yatai F.C..

At The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters cheering as their team just scored a goal during a Chinese League game against Changcun Yatai F.C..

Outside The Guangzhou Tianhe stadium Evergrande supporters buying the Jackson Martinez T-shirt. The Colombian striker has been acquired by Evergrande for a whooping $46 million in 2016. He has quickly become a favourite for the club supporters.

In the main pro trading season last year, the 16 Chinese Super League teams spent over $300 million hiring away promising foreign players, outstripping player spending by the English Premier League by nearly $120 million.

Outside the Workers Stadium in Beijing, a booth selling players stickers to supporters. 

Outside the Workers stadium in Beijing, supporters of the Beijing club Guoan waiting for friends by a statue representing workers.

Supporters of the Beijing club Guoan cheering before the start of a game at the Workers Stadium. Guoan supporters are among the most fierce and unruly of Chinese football.

Guan supporters waving during a game at Beijing Workers Stadium.

Evergrande striker Jackson Ramirez, cheering his fans after a Chinese league game at Tianhe stadium in Guangzhou.

Jackson Ramirez was transferred to Guangzhou Evergrande from Atletico Madrid at a cost of $46 million.  

A cook and friends watching a game of the 2016 Eurocup, late at night on a street of Beijing. International football tournaments draw huge audiences in China, in spite of the absence of the National team which poor performances don't allow a presence in such games. The national men’s team recently placed 83rd in FIFA rankings, just ahead of the Faroe Islands.

A giant model of the World Cup trophy outside the Evergrande Football school in Guangdong. 

The school, the biggest in the world with hundreds of students and dozens of football fields has become a symbol of China's efforts to become a world class football nation. 

Since this photo was taken the school had to remove the statue at the FIFA's request.

Gardeners working at the entrance gate of the Evergrande Football School, the world’s biggest soccer boarding school and a showcase for China's ambitions to groom talents of international caliber. 

Students at the Evergrande Football School playing soccer during the training classes. The school counts 48 football pitches

Students of the Evergrande football school having breakfast at the school's canteen decorated with drawings of football players.

Students rushing to classes at the Evergrande football school

A student book in hand running to class through Evergrande football school park decorated with the statue of a player with the world cup trophy in hands.

Students of the Evergrande football school training.

Students of the Evergrande football school training.

Students of the Evergrande football school doing stretching exercises under the eyes of a spanish coach. The school football training has been set up in partnership with the Real Madrid and number of Spanish coach work there.

A student at pain during a gym session. 

Students of the Evergrande football school practicing their dribbling.

A 9 years old student preparing his bed for the night at Evergrande Football school.

An employee sweeping the alleys of the Evergrande Football School manicured gardens where a mosaic represents a giant soccer ball. 

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