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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...

Why China Isn’t At The World Cup

The Forbes blog looks at – and debunks – several possible explanations for the failure of China’s soccer team to make it to the World Cup: Forbes has written about why Chinese soccer teams stink. Still, why...

China Players Make Million-dollar World Cup Pledge – AFP

From AFP: After being offered more than one million dollars as a reward, China’s national football team players have vowed to play for their lives and qualify for the 2010 World Cup, state press said Wednesday. In a New Year’s pledge, the national side gathered to read an oath to the country, vowing to take […]

China cracks online betting ring – Reuters

From Reuters: Police in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan have brought down a 1 billion yuan (68 million pounds) soccer gambling ring, a Chinese newspaper reported on Wednesday, as World Cup betting reaches fever pitch. Gambling has been illegal in mainland China since the Communists took power in 1949, but the country’s absence from the […]

Crazy CCTV football commentator; Fictional foreign news? – Jeremy Goldkorn

From Danwei: During last night’s live broadcast of the Italy – Australia football World Cup game, CCTV’s announcer Huang Jianxiang (ȪÑÂÅ•Áøî) got rather excited, and took sides with the Italians, saying things like “Don’t give the Australians any chances!” and after Italy won, “Long live Italy!” Today Chinese blogs are castigating Huang, accusing him of […]

Chinese World Cup blogger racks up 10 million hits – Nick Mulvenney

From Reuters: Beijing blogger and podcaster Dong Lu registered his 10 millionth hit on Friday morning, racing to the landmark on the back of China’s obsession with the World Cup. The 36-year-old’s irreverent take on soccer’s showpiece, produced with the help of three friends in the living room of his apartment on the northeast outskirts […]

Police not allowed to bet on World Cup – Shanghai Daily

From Shanghai Daily via China Net: Shanghai police yesterday warned local entertainment or catering businesses against any gambling practices related to the World Cup. Police said they would continue their efforts to stop online soccer gambling schemes or small gambling parties at local pubs or teahouses. In China, gamblers can be detained up to 15 […]

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