Words By: James Montague Produced By: Philippe Fenner

In August 2017, Southampton FC became the latest European club to become part of China’s football revolution. Not many people on the south coast had heard of Gao Jisheng – the chairman of a Chinese company called Lander – who had bought 80% of the club for £210 million from Katharina Liebherr and became the sixth English club to be bought – or invested in – by a Chinese company or consortium.

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