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After staging both a Summer and now a Winter Olympics, there is one major international sports event left for China to host — soccer’s World Cup.

President Xi Jinping, a noted soccer fan, has said he wants China to stage and even win the men’s World Cup one day, and the country has been building and renovating stadiums in apparent anticipation.

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