EXPERTS QUESTION ‘CUJU’ AS ORIGIN OF FOOTBALL

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ZIBO, China: Images of a beaming FIFA President Sepp Blatter and a small blue certificate in the Chinese city of Zibo proclaim it as the birthplace of football, to the fury of English experts. But international experts are skeptical of such claims, pointing to a “tenuous” link between the ancient Chinese game of cuju and the modern sport, and questioning FIFA’s motives. Despite its long supposed footballing history China’s national team failed to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil later this month.

AFP

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