It’s funny. Having read “China Sucks At Football/Soccer. What Does That Tell Us?”
Last week, I was listening to 陶傑 (Chip Tsao)‘s radio program, 光明頂 (“Bright Summit”):
In which he talked about the North Korean situation regarding Kim, Jong-il’s recent passing. In it, he made a reference to a supposed “西朝鮮”:
West Korea is a pejorative term for China. In Chinese the term is literally “the North Korea of the West;”…
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Let me clarify, 朝鮮 “Morning Fresh/Calm” was a term for a proto-Koreans State, and was later used as the identity for a Korean dynasty towards the end of the 14th Century, to which the people of that nation continued to refer to themselves, and has continued use in North Korea. This is opposed to South Korea‘s use of the term 韓國, which is a reference to the 大韓帝國 (Korean Empire), which was a continuation of the 朝鮮 dynasty, and took it’s new name, which referenced the 三韓, which was a confederacy of proto-Korean states.
So after all this, what I wanted to mention was this quote:
“In soccer, North Korea has shown the way for West Korea” 北朝鮮足球為西朝鮮足球指明了方向.
But this “Soviet model” has proven catastrophically unsuitable for assembling a team of 11 football players, much less a nation of them.
Both North Korea and China are “Communist Nations” (One has a dynasty running for 3 generations, the other is filled with McDonalds and Starbucks). However, China hasn’t produced a good soccer team. I’m pretty sure there are other Communist nations that have produced a soccer team that made it to FIFA.
China is never going to get its act together in football and for the same reasons, it’s never going to get its act together in the big picture either. They play football like they do everything else. Selfishly and by rote. That works fine for factory work, but when it comes to innovation, it’s worthless.
Ah… The old “unity” argument. Well, China is definately divided on many levels:
And has been for a centuries. However, that’s no different than any large nation, like the United States, which often divides itself by “North East”, “East Coast/West Coast”, “South” and whatnot. Yet America is a country that loves to hate things, like communists, terrorists, and soccer. Yet, it may have taken a while, but they now have a fairly decent team of their own. So it’s definately not an issue of individualism or socialism.
In the end, I don’t really know how much light soccer sheds on light to China’s more pressing issues.