China and India may be heading up the global economic league but they won't be making it to the soccer World Cup finals in the next two decades, according to a note by Goldman Sachs.
China, the world's second-largest economy, is no minnow in the sporting world, after it topped the medals table at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and came second in London in 2012. India, which is ranked by the World Bank as the third largest economy, shows its prowess on the cricket pitch, winning the sport's World Cup in 2011 and dominating ever since.
But these sporting successes have not been translated into the world's most popular sport: Soccer. China qualified once for the World Cup in 2002 and lost all their games, while India made it through the 1950 qualifying rounds but withdrew because of money and team issues.
China's Olympic obsession
China does have its avid soccer followers, particularly for teams such as Manchester United, which have around 108 million fans based in China, according to the website Sporting Intelligence. But the number of registered players is around half that of the Netherlands, Goldman Sachs said in its "World Cup and Economics 2014" note on Wednesday.