Asia Pacific


Chinese whispers scarce after rules put brakes on CSL’s megastar transfers

Brazilian soccer players Lucas Lima (L), Oscar and Hulk (R) attend a training session in Sao Paulo

‘Great Wad of China”, “Great Walk of China”, “Chinese Takeaway” “Forbidden City!” (for a story about Kasper Schmeichel not leaving Leicester), “China Crisis!” “There is no China Crisis!” A genre of UK headlines could soon become redundant after the latest intervention by the Beijing government in its flagship football competition, the Chinese Super League, came into force.

South Korea’s president suggests 2030 World Cup bid with North Korea

Russian President Putin meets with FIFA President Infantino at the FC Krasnodar Stadium in the southern city of Krasnodar

South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, has suggested North Korea could be part of a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup. In a meeting with the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, Moon said that several countries in north-east Asia – including the isolated North Korea – could form a bloc to share hosting duties for the tournament.