BEIJING -- "Do you blog today?" is becoming the
commonest greeting among Chinese football players these days after the trend
started last year.
Chinese football players, more often related to rougher images, showed their
tender side in their online "home", the blogs.
They constructed the pages elaborately, with pictures, videos and music. For
example, Chinese internationals and twin brothers Sun Ji and Sun Xiang decorated
their blog, named "Ji-Xiang (the combination of their given names means lucky
and happy in Chinese) Brothers", with pictures of their scoring in domestic
league matches and international games as well as video clips showing their
trial training in Dutch first division club PSV Eindhoven.
Although variant in content, all the blogs provide the players with a place
to communicate with their fans as players post articles speaking their mind
International Gao Lin received a great deal of praises for his blog page
titled "He Who Deserts Fans Will be Deserted."
Chinese footballers' blogs are popular, especially those from the famous
The Sun brothers see 960,000 hits on their blog and China defender Du Wei's
"Gentlemen Love Football" has an even better record of 1,800,000 hits. Some of
their blog pages list within top five in the blog channel at Chinese portal
Some players were grateful of blog as they felt support and love from their
fans through it.
"Time flies by. Wish a better tomorrow for you and me," former international
goalkeeper Liu Yunfei said in a blog named "Never Give Up", expressing his
gratitude for his fans.
Liu refused to return to his club Shanghai Shenhua since May last year until
the angry club threatened to kick him out. He is waiting for a transfer now.