Playing "football" without your feet in Foshan? 在佛山不用脚也能玩Football?

Foshan China

还记得吗?前不久AC米兰传奇球星亚历桑德罗·“比利”·科斯塔库塔来佛山掀起了一阵猛烈的“足球风”,引得大家更加期待明年的足球世界杯~
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!

 

大家可能对美式足球比较陌生,事实上这项运动在美国可是相当热门!从上世纪起,美式足球早就超越了在中国更教人熟悉的篮球在美国人心中的地位,成为了当之无愧的“国球”。

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”.

 

每年一月底或二月初,鼎鼎有名的美国国家美式足球联盟的年度冠军赛——超级碗(Super Bowl)就会上演一场场精彩的竞赛。
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

 

经过近年来的发展,美式足球在中国受到了越来越多的关注。就在8月21日,NFL宣布与腾讯达成三年战略合作。从今年九月起,国内观众就可以通过腾讯的平台现场直播收看NFL赛事!
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!

 
那么在我们佛山,美式足球应该算是一项比较少见的运动。但其实,佛山可是拥有着国内第一座专业美式足球场!今天,小编就请来来自佛山天行达阵青少年橄榄球学院的一名外籍教练——Serrano来给大家说说美式足球在佛山的概况~
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来自美国亚特兰大,是一名美式足球运动员兼教练。他从6岁开始玩美式足球,可谓是一个老江湖。
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.

 
 

Serrano

 

在谈及到“足球”在佛山和美国有什么不一样的时候,他笑说第一个是体型的不同。在美国,要玩美式足球就要有一个很强壮的身体素质,但是在中国,尤其在佛山,玩美式足球的人却称不上“big”,而是“fit”!
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.

 

第二个不同就是,在佛山人心中说起football,很多人都第一时间想到用脚去踢的足球。这就是关于美式足球这项运动的理解,“我们用手去玩美式‘足’球!”。
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.

 

平时Serrano的学员都是年龄低于12岁的小朋友,这个问题也同样困扰着小朋友们。Serrano说还真有小学员问过他为什么用手去玩,但是要叫“football”呢。
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.
 

 

在Serrano来佛山之前,他对佛山的印象是来自李小龙!他在美国的时候也有学习过武术功夫。他还开玩笑希望女儿可以成为第二个李小龙!Serrano认为佛山是一个节奏不快适合家庭生活的好地方,而且佛山拥有值得他欣赏的独特文化。
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.

 

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《弱点》是根据迈克尔·路易斯的小说《弱点:比赛进程》改编。
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