06.05.06

China Football News

Posted in Football at 3:00 pm by Nicole

China doesn’t have an entry in this year’s World Cup, but they’ll be playing a “friendly” against a team that does – 1998 World Cup champion France – on Wednesday. Sky Sports has a short news piece on the China-France upcoming match with quotes from French defender Jean Alain-Boumsong, who plays professionally with Newcastle United. ESPNSoccernet also has a short news piece on the upcoming match.

Also in football news: a fascinating commentary on the “subtle” geopolitics of football courtesy of the Taipei Times. My only complaint with this article is that after having lived for nearly 18 months in China, where the World Cup is so big that it’s going to take three CCTV channels to broadcast the matches (the same kind of coverage that’s offered for the Olympics), I don’t think there’s anything “subtle” about football’s geopolitics. Although this article isn’t specifically about Chinese football, there’s a small mention of China-Japan relations and the ways in which it’s expressed on the football field – and in the stands.

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