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Xi visits Manchester City Football Academy

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Xi visits Manchester City Football Academy

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron ( left) stands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak talks, with head of the Elite Development Patrick Vieira ( second right) and striker Sergio Kun Aguero ( right) during a visit to the City Football Academy, on the fourth day of his state visit, in Manchester, England, Oct 23, 2015. (Joe Giddens/Pool Photo via AP)

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, a well known football fan, on Friday called for more exchange and cooperation between China and Britain on football as well as other sports.

Accompanied by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Xi visited the Manchester City Football Academy, which is sponsored by the Manchester City Football Club, champion of the Barclay Premier League in 2013-2014 season.

Xi and Cameron enjoyed an exhibition from the Manchester-based National Football Museum in which major historical artifacts, including the first World Cup ball, were on display, according to the official website of the club.

Compared with other sports activities, football spreads in a wider range. Garnering the largest fan number, football has broad influence and is deeply loved by people all over the world, said Xi.

Xi visits Manchester City Football Academy
"Thank you for the selfie, President Xi 感谢能与您自拍,习主席" wrote Sergio Aguero on Manchester City's official Twitter account.

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