soccer

COVID Concerns Prompt China to Abandon Role as AFC Cup Host

On Saturday, China officially withdrew from its role as the host of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. The quadrennial event, which brings together 24 national soccer teams from across Asia, was originally...

Minitrue: Delete Hao Haidong’s Speech

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. Former Chinese men’s...

Badiucao: The Staple Gun

According to Hong Kong democracy activist Howard Lam, a group of men he believes are mainland...

Word of the Week: Iliopsoas

The Word of the Week comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by...

Soccer Dreams of Tibetan Exiles

Tibetan exiles share the hardships and struggles they have encountered to establish a “national soccer team” without a recognized “nation”. From Radhika Oberoi at The New York Times: The Tibetan national...

Drawing the News: Soccer Heroes Lose for China

Fans rent their clothes and wailed at the Chinese national soccer team’s 5-1 loss against Thailand on June 15. So downtrodden is the team that coach Jose Antonio Camacho was fired this Sunday, cutting short his three-year...

Li Chengpeng on the Parallels of Football and Politics

On his South China Morning Post blog, Patrick Boehler profiles blogger Li Chengpeng, who has become a popular and outspoken commentator on politics after leaving his job as football (soccer) reporter: Li has become a hero for...

What if Xi Gave an Interview and No One Cared?

When newly crowned president Xi Jinping gave an interview to reporters from the five BRICS nations on Tuesday, some felt that the lonely highlight was his speculation about a possible heir to Paul the prophetic octopus at next...

David Beckham Lands in China

With accusations of match-fixing and a national team that shames domestic soccer fans, professional soccer in China is in need of a boost. Interest in the sport has declined in recent years and young players are not joining...

Forced Silence Amplifies Li Chengpeng’s Voice

At The Economist’s Analects blog, Sascha Matuszak profiles liberal writer and microblogger Li Chengpeng, from his exposure of corruption in Chinese soccer to his recent book tour dogged by enforced silence and political...

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