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CHINA throws open its doors to the world today, promising an epic spectacular to welcome athletes from a record 205 countries to the Beijing Olympics.
For a country that claims to have invented football more than 2,000 years ago, China have been waiting an eternity for success in the beautiful game. But as the Asian Cup gets under way here today, the nation's hundreds of millions of football fans are brimming with optimism that years of flops and gallant failures are coming to an end.