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China's football season kicks off this week with hopes of a resurgence for the beautiful game after former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and rookie coach Fabio Cannavaro put the league among the world's biggest spenders. Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs spent 122.2 million euros ($165 million) during the recently closed winter transfer window, almost double last year's figure, second only to the English Premier League (186.8 million euros) and ahead of Italy's Serie A, according to statistics from German website transfermarkt. Socceroo Tim Cahill, once of Everton, is the star name among the 47 foreign imports -- including many Brazilians -- who will double the number of overseas players in the competition. Chinese President Xi Jinping -- who state media describe as an "avid" fan -- backed a "football reform plan" last week.