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Import-Export: The Football World Christens A Few New Mainland Passport Holders

Did you hear about the new, 57th Chinese nationality? Baxiren! (Brazilian.) The joke comes out of the recent, astonishing moves that have roiled Chinese football, and it all started with the last Worl...
2019-07-09 10:13:45
Did you hear about the new, 57th Chinese nationality? Baxiren! (Brazilian.) The joke comes out of the recent, astonishing moves that have roiled Chinese football, and it all started with the last World Cup and the last Asian Cup. China wasn’t present at that World Cup, and Qatar won the Asian Cup — with significant help from players from other countries who had become naturalized Qataris, most notably the extraordinary Almoez Ali, who was born in Sudan. China began to dip its toe into the naturalization waters last year, arranging last year for Englishman Nico Yenneris, whose mother is ethnically Chinese, to get a Chinese passport and play for Beijing Guo’an as “Li Ke.” But the process has suddenly accelerated.

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