For the Love of Soccer (in China) | Speaking of China

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  1. Mari
    Mari June 11, 2012 at 3:26 am | | Reply

    This is Football !

  2. Barbara
    Barbara June 11, 2012 at 8:16 am | | Reply

    I totally don’t care about football but I’m polish so watching the first opening game this year was kind of duty for me 😉 And my boyfriend loves football so we watch it togeter now, even if it means that we have to stay up so late. Even the tsingtao beer is cheaper now in the local store and I dare to say that the discount is especially for me 😉 (since I’m the only foreigner living in this area and they know that I’m a Pole).

  3. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian June 11, 2012 at 8:55 am | | Reply

    It is nice to know that in a sense John inducted you into the crazy world of football or more precisely soccer. Because most Malaysians watch the EPL (English Premier League) most of us support England. I am no different. But England rarely perform well at the international level and I am getting fed up with them. So, I am switching my support to Spain who play beautiful football. They deserve to win this years’s Euro Cup, just as they deserved to win the last World Cup. Die-hard fans won’t mind sacrificing their sleep just to watch their heroes play. Looks like you may become a die-hard fan soon yourself Jocelyn, haha! But welcome!

  4. Sveta
    Sveta June 11, 2012 at 9:49 am | | Reply

    In all honesty I don’t care much for sports. By the way, welcome back 🙂 I’m sure that I and other group members have missed you.

  5. aiyangxifu
    aiyangxifu June 11, 2012 at 10:07 am | | Reply

    I was Americanized first (losing interest in football and gaining interest in baseball$oliveball). Then unAmericanized with no interest in sports at all.

  6. Andi
    Andi June 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm | | Reply

    I didn’t fall in love with soccer until I met my husband 7 years ago. I had to learn to love it because he’s Argie. Now I can’t get enough. So happy Argentina beat Brasil wahoooooo!!!

  7. Salma
    Salma June 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm | | Reply

    A bunch of my fellow grad students and I used to huddle together in the library during the day to watch the games during FIFA. Needless to say, we didn’t get much lab work done for a month!

  8. cvaguy
    cvaguy June 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm | | Reply

    I love to play soccer and like to watch soccer matches but will not give up work time or sleeping time just to watch the game. After all, it is just a game.

  9. fernando
    fernando June 12, 2012 at 4:57 am | | Reply

    wowoow,nice to know that,I’m crazy fan for football,and tiegan fan of deutschland,haha.wake up in the early morning is kinda hard for me,but it’s the cost.

  10. Laowai in Shanghai
    Laowai in Shanghai June 12, 2012 at 8:32 am | | Reply

    I really really loved the way you perfectly described Shanghai in summer.

  11. Claire
    Claire June 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm | | Reply

    Living in England, I feel as though I’ve been overexposed to football so I can take it or leave it – I do like to watch some major games though. I love it when the Olympics comes round and I can watch sports other than football/rugby.

    I picked Russia in the Euro 2012 sweepstake at work so I can support a team other than rubbish England this time round! As long as they get through the first round anyway… I’m keeping a close eye on them tonight.

    My boyfriend once said that China is a good country to live in because you can watch the EPL for free – doesn’t really cut it for me haha!

  12. ShaSha La Perf
    ShaSha La Perf June 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm | | Reply

    It’s funny, I grew up playing a lot of sports, but actually hate to sit and watch pretty much everything except for volleyball. My BF on the other hand is BIG into sports. College, national, international. While he’s not the sports or die type he does like to go to games and gets loud even when he’s watching stuff at home. His yelling at the screen is what bugs me the most. The only thing I’ve really sat and watched with him was The Superbowl and one or two college games before I get up and head to my computer to watch something on streaming.

  13. Caseyorourke
    Caseyorourke June 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm | | Reply

    I always preferred American football (collegiate over professional), but my wife being native Chinese likes her football (soccer). I took her to one of my alma-mata’s games and she commented it was like watching a group of guys running up and down the field trying to push one another down. I told her that her football looked like a bunch of kids running up and down the field playing keep away with the ball.

    That being said, I cannot conceive how a country of 2 billion people can’t 20 odd guys who are as good as the premier players in Europe. China should be a football player instead of a laughingstock.

  14. Another Canadian Born Chinese
    Another Canadian Born Chinese June 16, 2012 at 12:50 am | | Reply

    Unfortunately, where I live, most of the matches on the weekdays occur during work hours and regular cable TV doesn’t always show repeats at night.

    I’m thinking Germany will win the cup.

  15. Arianna
    Arianna July 1, 2012 at 9:16 am | | Reply

    THen your husband must be happy since Italy reached the finals!! 義大利加油!:))

  16. CBC Guy
    CBC Guy January 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm | | Reply

    The soccer fandom in China is enormous…. and ppl in Hong Kong also stay up to watch big games, they open restaurants late at night just to accomodate these fans. They’re so popular you have to phone ahead to reserve your seat and you absolutely must order food so the Cafe can gurantee the profit. Nonetheless the cafes are packed! Its even crazier in the Sports Pubs!

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