Discussion: Chinese investors eye European soccer teams

In recent years, many Chinese firms have begun investing in football clubs in Britain, Spain, France and other European countries. This is seen as a way of developing China’s own football industry, as the country aims to become a soccer powerhouse. But what exactly is driving Chinese tycoons to pour huge sums into overseas soccer teams? Rowan Simons, chairman of China Club Football, Liu Baocheng from the Center for International Business Ethics at the University of International Business and Economics, and Luis Aguilar, journalist and author of many books covering world football discuss the topic.

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