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10 sporting questions for the Year of the Monkey

After a breathless few weeks during which the entire sporting world has been talking about Chinese football (with yours truly quoted by AFP three timesFT twice, El Pais, Hicimos, Vice Sports and interviewed by CCTVBBC and Al Jazeera among others), let’s take a look at a few stories that could be cropping up over the next 12 months…

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Weekly Wrap: Xi Jinping, Tour de France, Wimbledon, football $$

The glut of “China isn’t at the World Cup, but…” articles has slowed (there is only so much to say, after all), though these pictures of President Xi Jinping are doing the rounds (h/t @niubi), unthinkable to depict the President in cartoon form just a few years ago.

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FIFA’s Chinese own goal

The Chinese are watching the World Cup in their droves, with some staying up so late that three people have now reportedly died from World Cup-related sleep deprivation.  118 million posts about the World Cup were written between June 12-17, but FIFA, in all its infinite wisdom, has no official online presence in China. Here’s more:

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忽视中国市场 国际足联自摆乌龙

现如今,人们已经很难听见对国际足联的褒奖——从可疑的选票和糟糕的规则制定,到现在如履薄冰的反腐改革。更可悲的是,这些看似不可思议的骂声会因国际足联主席布拉特的当权而永无止境。

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Weekly Wrap: Chinese takes on Wimbledon, sailing and golf

The Chinese are getting up in their millions to watch the World Cup, and as expected Brazilian Neymar is becoming one of the main stories (this piece on Neymar’s China’s strategy is worth another look). But other things are happening too. Here’s a selection of interesting stories from the past few days (the first two of which feature some special China Sports Insider insight!).

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The World Cup with Chinese characteristics

China won’t be playing in Brazil – they have appeared at a World Cup just once and failed to score a goal – but millions will stay up late to watch the games – starting this Friday at 4 am when Croatia kicks off against the host nation in São Paulo. Here are 10 things in this year’s World Cup with a Chinese connection.  Continue reading The World Cup with Chinese characteristics

中国男足需要努力才对得起球迷

作为中国国家男子足球队的主教练,阿兰•佩林应该确保让他的球队度过一个忙碌的世界杯月份。除去备战对阵马其顿和马里的友谊赛之外,他应该带队员外出到当地的酒吧里,给他们买一些不含酒精的饮料,和他们一起坐到电视机前,尽可能多看几场世界杯比赛。

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Why Chinese players should be forced to watch the World Cup

Alain Perrin, coach of the Chinese national men’s soccer team, should make sure his squad have a busy month. When they are not preparing for friendly games against Macedonia and Mali, he should take them out to the local bars, sit them down in front of the TV, buy them a nice non-­alcoholic beverage, and make them watch as many World Cup matches as possible.

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