You remember that? Just a few weeks ago, Alessandro “Billy” Costacurta, a former AC Milan football star came to Foshan and brought a popular trend of football here, which made people look forward to the World Cup next year.
那么，大家有没有想过一种可能，不用脚也能玩football？是的！你没看错，就是不用脚也能玩football！在佛山，一群孩子们正在玩这种不需要用到“脚”的“football”哦！那就是——American Football 美式足球！
Well, do you even think of a possibility that, you can play “football” without feet? Yes, playing “football” without feet! In Foshan, some kids are playing this kind of “football”!
That is, American Football!
什么？NBA？在美国，NFL（National Football League，国家橄榄球联盟）才是王道呢！
What? NBA? In America, NFL (National Football League) is the KING!
You may be unfamiliar with American football, but this sport is real hot in America. Since the last century, the status of American football had become higher than that of basketball, which is more familiar to Chinese. In America, American football is the absolute “national ball”.
The well-known annual championship game of NFL, Super Bowl will be held at the end of January or at the beginning of February each year. Audience will enjoy a number of wonderful games.
图片来自NFL中国官方网站 Photo via NFLChina.com
After the development in recent years, American football has received more and more attention in China. On 21 August, 2017, NFL announced to reach a three-year strategic partnership with Tencent. Since the following September, audience in China can watch the live broadcasting of NFL games!
In Foshan, American football is still believed as a rare sport. Actually, the first professional American Football field in China is located in Foshan! Here is a foreign coach called Serrano from Foshan Skyway American Football Academy, and Serrano will tell us the general situation of American football in Foshan.
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Serrano is from Atlanta, America, an American football player and coach. He started to play American football since the age of six, a typical old bird.
When it comes to the difference of “football” in Foshan and in America, he laughed and said the first thing is size. “In America, compared to China, you have to be very big and strong as a physical appearance. But, in China and in Foshan specifically, there are lots of locals who are very fit and strong as well,” Serrano said.
小朋友在玩美式足球。Young kids are playing American football.
The second difference is, when talking about “football” in China, most people will immediately think of that “football” playing with feet. This is about the understanding of American football. “We play American football with hands!” Serrano added.
Serrano’s pupils are all under 12 years old and this difference also confuses them. Some kids have really asked Serrano that why they didn’t play with feet but they called it football.
Before Serrano came to Foshan, his impression of Foshan came from Bruce Lee! He had learned a lot about martial arts and he joked that he expected his daughter to become the next Bruce Lee. Serrano thinks Foshan is a family-friendly city and he appreciates the culture here.
The Blind Side, an Oscar winner movie with the topic of American football
The Blind Side is a 2009 American biographical sports drama film, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.
故事的主角是目前在国家美式足球联盟（NFL）卡罗来纳黑豹效力的进攻截锋迈克尔·奥赫。电影主要进述了奥赫在温盖特基督教学校（Wingate Christian School，即现实中的布赖尔克雷斯基督教学校）的成长经历，以及他被莉莉安·图伊（Leigh Anne Tuohy）和尚恩‧图伊（Sean Tuohy）夫妇收养并最终进入大学美式足球队的故事。
The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans, and the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first-round pick of the Ravens.