Paolo Rossi and the origins of football fandom in China

2019-04-25T10:36:44Z (GMT) by Kaixiao Jiang Alan Bairner
Chinese football fans’ interest in other nations’ football teams was formed earlier than their support for the Chinese national football team and local football clubs. In 1978, Argentina hosted the 11th World Cup Finals, and the match for third place between Italy and Brazil as well as the final between Argentina and the Netherlands were the starting point for Chinese people beginning to watch football games on television.