Aw, well isn’t this cute? Henan province saw a real life reenactment of the movie Shaolin Soccer this weekend after several real life Shaolin monks participated in their first football match ever! Besides doing flip stunts a plenty, one of the monks even managed to puncture a ball with his kick.
According to Malcolm Moore of the Telegraph, the rookie team played a group from the Tsingtao Brewery.
“The boys, who are training in kung fu, came up with the idea of setting up a team,” said Feng Weifeng, a spokesman for the Shaolin Temple’s Tagou Martial Arts School. “They are all mad about football. They have been watching the World Cup in their dorms every night. They all have their own team, and they tend to like Brazil and Argentina. Messi is their favourite,” he added.
Knowledge of the game, however, was limited. “Some of them had never touched a football before, and they kept using their hands,” said Mr Feng
On the pitch, however, the athletic monks were a blur, entertaining the crowd with an array of flips, somersault and overhead kicks.
They were such a blur, in fact that no one is quite sure who won the match. According to Tsingtao, they triumphed by a modest 15 goals to 8. The Shaolin Temple, meanwhile, feels that it won 10 to 8. “It was hard to say,” said one commentator. “Most of the goals from both sides were offside.”
Okay, so they need a little practice about rules and what not, but so did the monks at the beginning of Shaolin soccer. Hey, maybe if the Chinese National football team was made up of Shaolin monks, China will have a chance at participating in the next World Cup!
Photos from China Net Shanxi