China Loves Its Soccer. Its Team? Don’t Ask.

The New York Times looks at Chinese fans eternal frustration with their home team:

As usual, jokes about the Chinese team fanned across the Internet: “The Chinese team just won two red medals.” “Our soccer team won the gold medal in martial arts.” “China has had a weird year, with a freak snowstorm, the Tibetan riots and an earthquake, but the performance of our soccer team shows that some things never change.”

In its quest for sports supremacy, China is placing its hopes for winning the medal count on a panoply of athletes honed to near perfection in sports like gymnastics, diving, rowing, table tennis and hurdling. It has shown its athletic prowess by climbing atop the medals table in the opening days of competition. The nation, though, demands much less of its men’s soccer team.

After a 3-0 loss to Brazil in this coastal city, the team exited the Summer Games with exactly what its legions of exhausted fans expected — no victories in three games.

The following photos are from netease.com:

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And here is a cartton from qq.com:

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Translated caption: “You guys won two gold medals today. We have made our contribution as well – two …red ones.”

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