On a muddy university football field on the outskirts of Toulouse - a group of Chinese PE teachers get a lesson in French football tactics. They have been selected by the Chinese government to learn from the French how football is taught.Its become a priority for Beijing. Just as its now an industrial superpower - it wants to be able to dominate in the football sphere too one day.((translated from Chinese))SOTZHIQIANG DONGCoach, Beijing Sports Academy « We want in the future for Chinese football to be even better, not just in Asia but able to compete worldwide. »They have paid French universities in Bordeaux, Montpellier and Toulouse 2 million euros for their know how - but the market potential is huge.STANDUPCHRIS BOCKMANTOULOUSE, FRANCE« This year alone there are 240 Chinese sports instructors being trained in France but what has the French universities really excited is the possibility that 5000 will have to be trained up somewhere in Europe over the next 5 years. »Jean Francois Sautereau put the three month program into place with the Chinese - he says football is a « soft power » way for the Chinese to project their new status.Jean Francois SautereauPresident, French Federation University sports« The results in football are the same as the results of a country. And countries are proud to have results in football its very important. »Football is about far more than say the 4-4-2 formation on the pitch. In the classroom they are taught the psychology of the game, how to treat players with respect and get the best out of them. Other classes look at how to draw up contracts, ethics, avoiding corrupt agents, or bribes. In light of the corruption investigations at FIFA at the moment - many current top football nations might need to take that course again.
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