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Soccer admirers in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, dress up to acclamation their admired teams at this Apple Cup. Dong Jinlin / For China Daily
I skyped with a associate from aback home a few canicule ago in a Beijing cafe, and we talked sports for a acceptable hour. As two loyal sports fans, we hit all the important points.
“Did you see the German actually boss the acreage at the US Open?”
“How about them San Antonio Spurs?”
“Our admired Detroit Tigers are accident momentum, eh?”
Not already was soccer alike mentioned. In fact, I had abandoned all about the Apple Cup until I strolled out of the bistro and was showered with reminders of the planet’s best accepted sport.
Around my apartment, every alleyway is abstemious with flags from aggressive nations. Banners and stickers ataxia subways, buses and business windows. Bars are arranged with bodies watching the amateur that will boss screens for a month.
China did not alike authorize for the tournament. The aboriginal and alone time the country able was in 2002, and the aggregation bootless to account a distinct goal.
Yet China has the accomplished cardinal of Apple Cup admirers in the world, according to the FIFA Television Audience Report. In 2010, the country accounted for 328 actor of the absolute 2 billion admirers of the tournament.
Meanwhile, abounding Americans do not alike apperceive the rules of the “beautiful game”, abundant beneath how the Apple Cup works. For the 2010 Apple Cup, US viewership totaled alone about 3 percent of the apple absolute alike admitting the country able for the tournament.
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