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Beijing will no longer rely on tycoons but remains determined to host the World Cup
Chinese tycoons bet on using their links to football to promote their other businesses
Chinese group’s sale of 17% share marks latest divestment as it pares global portfolio
Atlético Madrid scores highly but some historic superclubs suffer in comparison
Investors in the beautiful game must be in for the long haul
Wealthy buy stakes in clubs, but merchandise and advertising to 1.3bn consumers slow to take off
Real Madrid’s less glamorous neighbours are competing with Europe’s elite and have plans to go global
Football club in first sponsorship deal with currency trade
Chinese billionaire’s move could pave way for investment including reviving Eurovegas project
Potential growth market for elite foreign clubs but financial future less than certain
The agent controls the game’s primary commodity – top talent, say Simon Kuper and Peter Wise
Chelsea’s £50m striker has fallen prey to the malaise that every sportsman dreads: a catastrophic and inexplicable loss of form. But why does this happen to top athletes and how can they recover?