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China could rival England on pitch, says Scudamore

English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore Richard Scudamore is currently Chief Executive of the F.A. Premier League, a position he has held since October 1999. Newspaper Career
Scudamore worked for 10 years in the newspaper industry, mainly for Thomson.
 believes the Chinese Super League This article is about Chinese Football Association Super League. For the table tennis league, see China Table Tennis Super League.

The Chinese Football Association Super League
 could one day be among the best in the world.

He also thinks the underachieving Chinese national team can be as good as England.

His optimistic comments come despite the Chinese Super League struggling to capture the imagination of fans and the national team failing to make its mark time after time.

"The Premier League recognises that the development of the game in China is critical to football's future as the world's sport of choice," Scudamore said in the official programme for this week's Barclays Asia Trophy.

"We are in Beijing to pass on some of our knowledge and expertise, not only in running a successful competition that has grown to be internationally renowned, but in other areas of the game too.

"It is these building blocks, together with the drive and ambition of the Beijing Football Association, which, in the future, could see China rival England as one of the world's footballing powers and the Chinese Super League competing with the Premier League.

"We would relish that challenge."

Beijing is hosting the biennial Barclays Asia Trophy this week with Tottenham Hotspur Hotspur: see Percy, Sir Henry.

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, West Ham Coordinates:

West Ham is a district in the London Borough of Newham, in east London, England, located 6.1 miles (9.8 km) east of Charing Cross. From 1889 to 1965 it formed part of the County Borough of West Ham.
 and Hull the drawcards.

Scudamore said it was an ideal opportunity to show Chinese fans first-hand the passion and intensity of a live English Premier League match.

"We have three fantastic clubs in Hull City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United," he said.

"Each of them says something about what makes the Premier League so compelling -- combining the great heritage and tradition of the English game English Game

a long-legged, long-necked meat fowl with a wide, shallow body, long, muscular legs and muscular wings. Multicolored, mostly red, brown and white; originated from fighting birds.
 with the chance for fresh talent to challenge and be a part of a new history on the basis of merit."

West Ham play Spurs on Wednesday with Hull against Beijing Guoan Beijing Guoan Football Club (Simplified Chinese: 北京国安) is a Chinese Super League team, and is part of the CITIC Group (China International Trust and Investment Corporation). Their current home stadium is Beijing Fengtai Stadium.  on the same day, with the winners and losers facing off on Friday, all at the Workers Stadium The Workers Stadium (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: Gōngrén Tǐyùcháng) is a multi-purpose stadium in Beijing, China. .
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