Chinese fans inspired by world-class soccer, lament home team's absence

14:49, June 24, 2010      

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The final score was 2-2, in a brilliant show of soccer. South Korea has kicked the Nigerians out of the World Cup, and left the tough Greeks feeling distraught as they leave the African continent.

China has to learn from neighbors

As an Asian, I am happy to see that Asian soccer is slowly integrating into world soccer, but as a Chinese national, seeing that two of our neighboring countries are growing fast in the business of soccer, I am not exactly pleased. It was only in the match on February 10 that China managed to beat South Korea 3-0 at the East Asian Football Championship; the match made soccer history for China, as it had not beaten South Korea for 32 years in this field.

– Tan Tianyu, 26, software engineer based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province

Rehhagel no "magic bird"

The whole world focused on Messi, and the star-studded Argentina did not disappoint. The outcome of this match was determined by who could restrain Messi. In fact, Rehhagel tried to control his players in this match a little, ike the way that his Internazionale Milano players tried to control Messi. But Papadopoulos realized he could not keep up with Messi, and Rehhagel also realized that and knew that it meant they would lose the match.

– Liu Yu, 24, German major at University of International Business and Economics, Beijing

Argentina fan since 1998

Unfortunately, Messi did not score goals in this match, but the team did organize a great offensive, so that Messi played an important role in the team. Personally, I feel that the combination of Messi with Aguero - who played up front - had more impact than the combination of Messi and Tevez. I was very happy to see Argentina's victories in three group matches, and that the team has qualified for the top 16.

But I am very concerned about the elimination match against Mexico; the two teams have a similar style, Argentina has to know their opponent as well as themselves. It was lucky for them that in 2002 Argentina relied on Rodriguez to progress, so they should remember their experiences and not be complacent.

– Wang Ran, 25, Hebei-based civil servant

Source:Global Times

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