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Chinese fans’ World Cup attendance under spotlight

Tens of thousands from China prove to be integral part of global fanbase in Russia.

Fans from around the world have descended upon Russia for World Cup 2018, even if their nations did not participate in the event.

A huge portion of the international fanbase is from China, which has qualified for the World Cup just once in their history – back in 2002.

More than 60,000 Chinese attending the event in Russia are looking forward to a time when their national team makes it back at the finals.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Richardson reports from Moscow.