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American Football League of China (AFLC) Championship a Historic Success

American Football League of China (AFLC) Championship a Historic Success

The American Football League of China (AFLC), a national league for amateur American football, held its third championship game at Yuanshen Stadium in Shanghai on January 16th. The long-time rivalry between the Shanghai Warriors and Shanghai Nighthawks came to a head in their first-ever championship game against each other. Launched in 2013, the AFLC has […]

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Feb

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Far From Sunday’s Super Bowl, A Football Championship In China

Far From Sunday’s Super Bowl, A Football Championship In China

Football has practically no history in China. Some of China’s most popular sports are individual ones that don’t involve physical contact, like pingpong and badminton. Chinese players say football provides an opportunity to release their aggression. – Frank Langfitt/NPR It’s halftime and the Warriors are leading the Nighthawks by a touchdown in the championship football […]

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Feb

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American Football…in China.

With only minutes left, the Quarterback knew he would need to make every play count, or else he could kiss all chances of the championship goodbye. The ball was snapped, four steps back, he finds an open receiver and throws a bullet, which is just barely caught by its receiver, who books it past the […]

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Dec

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Football Unites Us All

Football Unites Us All

“It really is a small world after all.” This is the first thing that popped into my head after running into Spaike Xu? at orientation week at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Despite our age difference (Spaike is a freshman and I am a senior) the two of us share the unusual connection of football […]

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Dec

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IFAF World Championships Come to China

IFAF World Championships Come to China

Photo courtesy of IFAF website The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has announced that it will hold the 2016 World U19 Championships in Harbin, China. The event marks the first-ever international american football tournament to reach China’s shores and an opportunity that many local shareholders expect will build momentum for the sport. IFAF is […]

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Dec

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Football Players and Their Charitable Causes

Football Players and Their Charitable Causes

If Gridiron Leaders Foundation had to be summarized in only a few words, then “education,” “community athletics”, and “US-China relations” would certainly be at the top of the list. When we at GLF think about why this program was initiated, the answer begins with the personal and professional growth that our founders and team have […]

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Dec

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E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Opens Sports Group

E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Opens Sports Group

If you live in China, you know all about Alibaba Group. News of its massive success has been everywhere in recent years. For those living in the US, if you didn’t already know about Jack Ma’s company before, you likely learned about them during their record-breaking NYSE IPO last September. If you happen to be […]

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Nov

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China’s #1 Fan

China’s #1 Fan

By John Blasco and Chris McLaurin  (Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times) It’s election season again in the U.S. and for many candidates this means working the campaign trail and behaving more like the “model American.” For President Obama, this meant playing sports, shooting around the basketball and throwing a football on the White House […]

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Nov

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Modern Middle Kingdom

Modern Middle Kingdom

Photo courtesy of The Huffington Post July 31, 2015 More than twenty-one hundred years ago, Zhang Qian, an outstanding envoy and explorer of the Han Dynasty, mapped a trail from Central China to the far Western Regions of Central Asia and Xinjiang. At the time, the trail served mainly diplomatic purposes, allowing for the Han […]

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Nov

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University of Illinois Broadcast Football Games in Mandarin

University of Illinois Broadcast Football Games in Mandarin

As the NFL celebrates its ninth season of football in the United Kingdom, many fans may not recall its plans of initiating games in China during the same period. In 2007, the NFL scrapped a preseason game in China, but that has not halted the football’s growth in the market. Since 2013, interest in the […]

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