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This the word for football or soccer in Chinese. As with most of the world, football is very popular in China. During the World Cup, the whole country seems to shut down to watch (regardless of whether Team China is playing or not).
Soccer is probably the 3rd most popular participation sport in China (after ping pong and badminton).
As you might expect, the first character means "foot" and the second character means "ball".
FYI: This game would never be confused with American Football in Chinese. As with the rest of the world, there is a vague awareness of what American Football is (often described as "that game kind of like rugby").
For those familiar with American Football, there is some disgust regarding the fact that winners of the Superbowl call themselves "world champions" of a game that is only played in the USA. This is one of the reasons that jokes abound about how Americans are unaware that there is a world outside of their borders.
This the title for football or soccer in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja. The sport is very popular in both Japan and Korea (Korea and Japan co-hosted the football World Cup in 2002 - a world-class sporting event held every four years that rivals the Olympics).
In Japan, they sometimes say サッカ (sakka) or フットボール (futto bouru) in place of the pronunciation shown above. This is supposed to sound like the English word "soccer" and "football / futbol" respectively.
The first Kanji means "kick" and the second means "ball". So technically, this means "kick ball" in Japanese and Korean (this is just an educational note - this will always be understood as the game of soccer / football).
FYI: This game would never be confused with American Football in Japan or Korea. Unlike the game of American basketball and baseball (both quite popular in Japan and Korea), there is only vague awareness of a rugby-like game that is also called football in the USA.
In Japan, they use a few different words for soccer (football). This one is supposed to sound like the English word "soccer".
Note: Japanese are more likely to use a word like フットボール （futto bouru) which sounds like the international word football / futbol. They may only use this word if talking to an American friend (since the word "football" was hijacked in America to title a sport where the foot rarely comes in contact with the ball).
In Japan, they use a few different words for football. This one is supposed to sound like the international word "football / futbol".
Note: This word is seldom if ever associated with the sport of American football.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your soccer search...
|Character Images||Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
|踢|| tī / ti1
t`i / ti
| to kick; to play (e.g. soccer)
|坂豚|| sakabuta サカぶた
||(ateji / phonetic) (derogatory term) (slang) soccer fan|
|大球|| dà qiú / da4 qiu2
ta ch`iu / ta chiu
| sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball that use large balls; see also 小球[xiao3 qiu2]
| shè mén / she4 men2
| (soccer, handball etc) to kick or shoot the ball towards the goal
| chuán qiú / chuan2 qiu2
ch`uan ch`iu / chuan chiu
| pass (in soccer); to feed (ball)
| qián wèi / qian2 wei4
ch`ien wei / chien wei
zenei / zene ぜんえい
| advanced guard; vanguard; avant-garde; forward (soccer position)
(n,adj-no) (1) advance guard; vanguard; (2) avant-garde (e.g. music); Maee (surname)
| jìng shè / jing4 she4
| shooting vigorously (with gun); power shot (e.g. in soccer)
|杜威|| dù wēi / du4 wei1
| Du Wei (1982-), Shanghai soccer star; Dewey (name)
|投中|| tóu zhòng / tou2 zhong4
t`ou chung / tou chung
| to throw at a target; to shoot (in soccer, basketball etc)
| tóu lán / tou2 lan2
t`ou lan / tou lan
| to throw at a basket; to shoot (in soccer, basketball etc)
| pū jiù / pu1 jiu4
p`u chiu / pu chiu
| firefighting; to extinguish a fire and save life and property; to dive (of goalkeeper in soccer)
|攻防|| gōng fáng / gong1 fang2
koubou / kobo こうぼう
| attack and defense; the midfield (in soccer)
offense and defense; offence and defence;
|球技|| kyuugi / kyugi きゅうぎ
|| ball game (e.g. baseball, tennis, soccer);
| qiú duì / qiu2 dui4
ch`iu tui / chiu tui
| sports team (basketball, soccer, football etc)
| qiú mén / qiu2 men2
ch`iu men / chiu men
| goalmouth (in soccer)
| huáng mǎ / huang2 ma3
| Real Madrid soccer team; abbr. for 皇家馬德里|皇家马德里
|角球|| jiǎo qiú / jiao3 qiu2
chiao ch`iu / chiao chiu
| corner kick (in soccer); free strike in hockey
| zú xié / zu2 xie2
| soccer league; same as 足球協會|足球协会
| zú tán / zu2 tan2
tsu t`an / tsu tan
| soccer circles; soccer world
|足球|| zú qiú / zu2 qiu2
tsu ch`iu / tsu chiu
| soccer ball; a football; CL:個|个[ge4]; soccer; football
More info / calligraphy:
Soccer / Football / Futbol (Chinese)
| chāo lián / chao1 lian2
ch`ao lien / chao lien
| hyperlink; superleague (e.g. soccer)
|蹴球|| shuukyuu / shukyu しゅうきゅう
|| football (incl. soccer, rugby, American football, etc.; esp. used for soccer)
More info / calligraphy:
Soccer / Football / Futbol (Japanese)
|蹴鞠|| cù jū / cu4 ju1
ts`u chü / tsu chü
shuukiku / shukiku しゅうきく
| cuju, ancient Chinese football (soccer)
kemari; type of football played by courtiers in ancient Japan
| lín mén / lin2 men2
| to arrive home; facing one's home; home-coming; (soccer) facing the goalmouth
to face the gate
|自陣|| jijin じじん
|| one's own ground; one's own position; on'e own area of the field (soccer, rugby, etc.)
|英超|| yīng chāo / ying1 chao1
ying ch`ao / ying chao
| Premier League; England Premier Soccer League
| xiǎn qiú / xian3 qiu2
hsien ch`iu / hsien chiu
| dangerous ball (in soccer, volleyball etc)
| kāi qiú / kai1 qiu2
k`ai ch`iu / kai chiu
| open ball (math.); to start a ball game; to kick off (soccer); to tee off (golf)
| mén jiàng / men2 jiang4
| official gatekeeper; goalkeeper (soccer, hockey etc)
|Ｗ杯|| daburuhai ダブルはい
|| World Cup (e.g. soccer)
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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Soccer / Football / Futbol (Chinese)||足球|
|Soccer / Football / Futbol (Japanese)||蹴球|
|Football / Futbol (Japanese)||フットボール|
If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
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If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
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