4 China soccer experiences to expect when dating Chinese men who love the sport | Speaking of China

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  1. Ryan
    Ryan June 23, 2014 at 10:19 am | | Reply


    Yan and I enjoyed reading the post. I caught my first two games of the 2014 Cup yesterday, happily watching Messi deliver Argentina, and then watching Germany just barely not lose. Is John a big Argentina fan? Many Chinese in Pittsburgh, including my wife, are (so I am by extension).

    Also, what is the 汉字 for the “head-ball team” name?

  2. marghini
    marghini June 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm | | Reply

    When it comes about soccer I always feel like I let Chinese people’s expectations down.

    You see, I am Italian, therefore I am supposed to be n.1 football fan since I come from the Mecca of football (or at least a lot of Chinese seem to think so). Especially now during the World Cup, everyone keeps asking me about it. It is like the Italian passport implied a direct obligation to love football.

    Truth is that thee is nothing I find as boring as football. I blame it on growing up into the soccer-obsessed Italian society and on the big fuss my compatriots always create around every single match.

    It is now easy to be an Italian in China during the World Cup if you don’t care about it at all 😉

  3. Victor Ng
    Victor Ng June 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm | | Reply

    Joycelyn it would be interesting when one day US plays against China. Which team are you both going to support? Against each other with no love? lol
    I am glad neither China nor HK has got it to the finals so my Aussie wife is still loving me. 😛

  4. Sveta
    Sveta June 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm | | Reply

    Not a sports fan at all, not even of American football. I grew up in a home where my family don’t really care for any sports. (Only exception being when Russia and Israel had a match against one another? Soccer one I think? And my dad rooted for Israel.) I think my Korean ex was kind of into sport, at least I heard of World Cup from him haha. But that’s about it I suppose.

  5. Marta
    Marta June 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm | | Reply

    Well I have the same problem as Marghini… I am from Spain and I couldn’t care less about football haha. In my whole life I have just watched 2 complete games: the Eurocup final in 2008 and the World Cup final in 2010 and just because my friends/colleagues were all there and it was more like a party… but I think it is so boring! Well, I think watching any sport is boring.

    My bf doesn’t really care about football so no late nights or early mornings in our house, haha. But I have a Hongkonese friend who is a die hard fan and he’s late for work every day because he stays up until late watching the games! Luckily he’s the boss in his company so he’s not really in trouble…

  6. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian June 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm | | Reply

    The graveyard thing afflicts us here in Bolehland too.

    This morning, I was just sore that the bald fellow gave the match away so needlessly to Portugal at the very last second of the game! Otherwise, the US team would have qualified for the next round. Such cavalier play does no team any favour.

    Portugal is not a good team, notwithstanding Cristiano. I much prefer Messi who, unlike the C fellow, picks himself up with a smile and gets on with the game whenever he is brought down. In a similar situation, C would pout and make a theatrical show as if a grave injustice has been committed against the game of soccer itself! And given half a chance, this guy would nosedive for a penalty! His only redeeming feature is that when it comes to taking a free kick, Beckham looks like a poor bender in comparison.

    I have no favourite team this time around. England never looked like they were made out for the World Cup. They thoroughly deserve the early boot.

    I think three teams deserve to lift the World Cup – Germany, Holland and Argentina. Sorry about Brazil, though they are always the most supported team in the world. Nah, not for me. I am always for the underdogs. Good thing that I don’t place wagers…haha..or imagine how much I will lose if I did!

    It is sad that despite the huge number of people, China can’t even find 11 guys to play ball. Otherwise, the Chinese team would be one of the teams I would cheer for.

    The Asian teams in participation in this World Cup look like pale shadows of their potential. Iran did hold on for a long time against Argentina because of their tight 4-4-1 , 4-4-1 formation, but in the end you just can’t hold out against the genius of a Messi.

    World Cup madness is in full swing here too, and a lot of the hard core fans will report late for work or take unofficial leave. Quite a number of these will also lose financially, from betting on the games with the “ah longs” (notorious illegal money lenders) going after them for their pound of flesh and more! Some will even go bankrupt! That is the extent of the soccer folly a large section of the Malaysian soccer fanatics are blighted with. Guess that is okay to them – its once every four years lah!

    1. ordinary malaysian
      ordinary malaysian June 24, 2014 at 3:35 am | | Reply

      oops, should read 4-1-4-1 formation. My mind was spinning and the figures were dancing around my nose from some lack of sleep. Now about to watch the live match between Brazil and Cameroon. Tomorrow won’t be able to have the same luxury.

  7. Camila
    Camila June 24, 2014 at 4:45 am | | Reply

    John is wearing Argentina’s shirt! He has good taste in football, yes yes ~~~
    In Argentina, “soccer” is like air to us. Everybody knows about it, there aren’t many people that don’t like/don’t care about it. And when Argentina plays, believe me, world stops. At school, teachers put TVs and everybody /children included of course/ watch the matches; at work, the same; people gather in bars, and don’t you dare ask the waiter something, because he is watching it too. Last Saturday, I was in university. Argentina played at one o’clock, we finished 1:30, and my friends and I went to watch the match in the university cafeteria, which is never open on weekends /mind you, it’s really small, more like a bar/. But of course, there were a lot of us that had class and didn’t want to miss the match, so we watched it together. It was an amazing experience to me, I always watched in my house, so I really loved being able to share something that is so much ‘us’ with other people I didn’t even knew, drinking beer and mate.
    One anecdote: I have friends studying in Taiwan, born here but of Taiwanese parents. They just couldn’t stand how Taiwanese narrated the match, they said they weren’t focused and kept on telling stories. So now they go to an Argentinian bar when our team plays 😛
    So, to my country, it’s really important, because of the passion, and because it means sharing something with your friends.
    On the other hand, my Chinese boyfriend, born and raised here, couldn’t care less about it : / However, I don’t mind it. If I’m at his house and there is match, I’ll just go to mine 😛

  8. Susan
    Susan June 24, 2014 at 4:57 am | | Reply

    Oh the irony, I was reading your blog post during the US vs. Portugal game yesterday. My Chinese BF has spent all spring getting me up to speed with US Basketball (oh his beloved Miami Heat were so disappointing in the finals) and now has been tutoring me in World Cup soccer. While I usually still can’t tell when someone is off-sides or not and can’t tell the difference between a legal hit, a foul and a yellow card offense, we do have a terrific time together!

  9. Timo
    Timo June 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm | | Reply

    I have never been a real football/ soccer fan (isn’t a better name for American football more like American Handegg?), however I always watch the World Cup and the Euro Champs.
    Basically I have no interest at all in the normal games but these big games are very interesting for me, resulting that I watch as many games as possible. Especially the games Germany participates I have to watch but this is probably because I am myself German…

    I am always surprised how bad China performs in this sport, some Chinese friends (football fans) told me that all Chinese players are more like Diva’s, trying to get as much attention in public as possible but dont really care about the sport (can’t comment on that as I have no idea about it)

  10. Bruce
    Bruce June 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm | | Reply

    I don’t watch basketball games anymore and I don’t have any temptation to watch basketball/football/soccer etc. I used to watch it all the time. After 2 broken ankles from playing basketball tournament , I quit basketball. I normally don’t watch people play the game because I only want to be in the game myself. One time, I jumped above the rim for a jump shot and made the shot while landing on the opponent’s foot.

  11. Laura
    Laura June 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm | | Reply

    I always enjoy watching soccer (I was one of those girls who played in the little leagues) but since none of my close friends are into it, I don’t go out of my way to see the games. I am hoping to watch US v. Germany tomorrow, but we’ll see. It is very late!

  12. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth June 22, 2015 at 1:48 am | | Reply

    Hi there!!!!

    I happened to google a few hours ago, “Why do Chinese people like soccer so much?” and your blog appeared in the search results. As someone of Mexican descent and very interested in Chinese men, I was extremely ecstatic and downright giddy with the fortune to find another foreign woman who finds Chinese men sexy as well as the links to the other foreign women that are either married to a Chinese men or are dating. I have bookmarked your blog and will continue to read it dutifully in the hopes that, I too, will find my Chinese husband in the near future. 😉

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