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Selected Responses Regarding the Controversial Loss to Oman

To add to Bcheng’s article about Another Chinese Failure – Blame the Referees, Blame the Players, Blame the CFA, ‘s Smari has scanned the Chinese media and gathered some post-match responses from different football figures. Chinese journalists always has a habit of criticizing the national team. Whether the team won or lost, the media will often find excuses to downplay the team’s achievements. Some of the post-match responses are sympathetic to the Olympics team, but others are less favourable.

Hao Haidong, former Chinese striker and current top scorer of the national team:

“(We) should be proud of our Olympics lads! You guys are the true steel-blooded men!”




Bari Mamatil, who assisted the only goal in the 3-1 defeat to Oman:

“How come this is offside? The referee’s brain must have problem. When I saw the victory was whistled away, ah fuck his mom, I want to beat that referee up”





Yu Hongchen, the vice director of the Chinese Football Association:

“There is no point to appeal, it is pointless to write everything in English few hours after the match, then pay few hundred USD to appeal. The match result will not change, and we need to accept the reality.”


Bernd Schuster, former Real Madrid manager:

“Regarding the match, I think there are many mistakes in the game that includes the referees, and the Chinese. Of course, the referees might have mistake, but looking from the competitive angle, the Chinese team does not need to feel bad and look for excuse. Because judging from the ability and technique, the Chinese team is not even better than Oman.”

And lastly, this is my favourite, Jia Yanfeng, leading sports reporter in China:

“We can’t blame any players, they had already devoted 100% percent, from convulsions, to fighting rightaway after pitchside therapy. In recent years, how many of such devoted matches we see in Chinese football?”


Ever since witnessing Yang Chen’s near goal opportunity in the game of China vs. Turkey in World Cup 2002 from his bed at 3am, Smari has developed an avid interest in following the Chinese national team. He had seen how the Chinese team was worshiped as gods during the World Cup 2002 and Asian Cup 2004, and how they are treated like shit since the failure to qualify for the World Cup 2006. Smari joined Wild East Football as a contributor because he realized there is a need for the world to know about Chinese football. There is an almost bare minimum amount of English language forums or websites that strictly talk about Chinese football, the Chinese Super League, the Chinese national team, etc. The world needs to know that Chinese football is not about Shaolin football, corruption, diving, and cheating; we are about playing with our heart to bring smiles to our already embarrassed fans. Smari hopes he would be able to witness the improvement of Chinese football and spend all his life savings to watch Guojiadui’s second World Cup appearance at whatever venue, even a warzone. Apart from writing/translating Chinese football news, Smari loves playing mahjang, imitating how Samri Nasri dribbles in the Emirates pitch, watching how Adam Johnson terrorizes his rivals, learning bar tending to make up his reason for consistent drunkenness, being artistically weird by shooting abstract photos, and defeating boringism in his mundane life. He also loves traveling, and he hopes to have his own apartment that is filled with national team jerseys from every country he visited. Smari often attributes his depression to the current dire state of Chinese football, let’s hope he won’t turn insane soon.



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