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...

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...

The Chinese State and Soccer Credibility

With China cleaning its soccer house, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos writes that “deep structural obstacles” remain that will keep any quick fix out of reach: One problem, for instance, is the controlling instinct...

Chinese Soccer Coaches and Players Jailed

These days, many Chinese people wake up in the middle of the night to watch the live UEFA European Football Championship matches. Yet despite a national soccer (football) fever, Chinese professional soccer still falters....

Why China Fails at Football

The Economist traces the development of football (soccer) in China, a history filled with ulterior motives, corruption, public scandals and, most of all, a lot of losing on the international stage: In a country so proud of its...




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