6 thoughts on “Asia Cup – China Lost

  1. I think people should take it easy. After all, it’s just a football match…

    If you really have trouble swallowing the Chinese lose, wait and see how many metals both countries get in Athens. ;-)

  2. Even China team was behind, they should not have let their morale down so bad. Otherwise, they should not have lost the game. It is not something only about the LUCK! Anyway, they will have more opportunities…

  3. I thought you might find this NY Times story interesting, Jian Shou – http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/09/international/asia/09china.html?hp.

    “BEIJING, Aug. 8 – The cheers thundered out of the grandstands of Workers Stadium on Saturday night, as the throng of fans with red-painted faces waved red Chinese flags and banged drums in one of the biggest games ever played in this soccer-addled nation.

    “Go! Go! Go!” they bellowed. “China’s team! China’s team! China’s team!”

    At different moments in the game, other chants arose from pockets of the crowd, directed at the small section of spectators dressed in blue for the opposing team, Japan.

    “Kill! Kill! Kill!” the Chinese fans yelled. Or, echoing a patriotic song from another era, they shouted, roughly: “May a big sword chop off the Japanese heads!”

    An international soccer match is never a place for the faint of heart. But the insults aimed at the Japanese team during the Asian Cup soccer tournament, held in China this year, are being called the latest example of a strain of rising anti-Japanese nationalism among many younger Chinese that seems increasingly volatile.”

    I go to a number of football matches in DC on a regular basis, often with teams from Mexico and Latin American countries that inspire a good bit of nationalism. It never seems to risk the violence that this story indicates, though. Do you think this was an accurate accounting?

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