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World Cup final: Sleepless night in Beijing

07-12-2010 17:08 BJT Special Report:World Cup 2010 |

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Football fans in Beijing also packed bars and restaurants to watch the World Cup final. A Spanish victory brought ecstasy to many Chinese fans, but it also set them thinking when their own national team will make it to the tournament. Wang Guan reports from Sanlitun village, on the east side of Beijing.

It's 2:30 am in Sanlitun, one of the most bustling bar streets in Beijing.

And the night has just begun.

The Dutch football fans are hopeful of a victory...

The Spanish fans are praying that the champions of Europe will also become champions of the world.

And the Chinese have also picked sides.

A Chinese fan said, "I hope Holland win. They are fast, their attack is very aggressive and they play well as a whole."

A Chinese fan said, "I hope Spain win because they play better football. I feel that football is an art when I see them play."

But the moment of truth didn't come until extra time.

After wasting countless opportunities, Spanish mid-fielder Inesta's goal set the whole square alight.

A Spanish fan said, "It's meant to be...it's meant to be.. oh my god. So happy."

But after the initial excitement, many Chinese football fans feel that something is missing.

A Chinese fan said, "As a Chinese, I really hope four years later, I will be standing here again, wearing the jersey of China, cheering for them and kissing the national emblem on the jersey."

CCTV reporter Wang Guan said, "This is the end of 2010 world cup. It is also another beginning of China's quest for the next world cup. While many fans are excited about a Spanish victory, at the bottom of their hearts, they are asking if their own national team will make it to the tournament in 2014."

This has been an age-old question: while China leaps forward in many sports. Why not football?

Zhang Lu has been a CCTV football commentator for 20 years. He says there are two major problems causing the situation.

Senior footbal commentator Zhang Lu said, "In the past ten years,fewer and fewer children are playing football. In big cities now, there are only tens of thousands that play regularly. Secondly, football authorities have been too goal-oriented. All they want is to make professional stars out of the young players. They ignore the fact that football is about being healthy, having a happy life and a chance to play."

These may be China's biggest contributions to the South Africa World Cup. The plastic horn known as the vuvuzela, and the jalabani match balls. Most of them are made in China.

But it's not enough for Chinese fans.

They are still hoping that at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, their own national team will make them proud.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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