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Chinese netizens and football fans are venting their anger against the Chinese national men's football team, with some even calling for their dismissal, after watching the outstanding performances of the nation's neighbors' teams in the 2010 South African World Cup, an online survey said.|
In the first round of the games, Japan beat Cameroon 1-0 and South Korea won over the Greeks 2-0.
At the games in Johannesburg, South Africa, the North Korean team, which returned to the World Cup after 44 years, lost in a close-scoring game, 1-2, to the Brazilians, a team that is a five-time world champion. The Chinese football team also faced the Brazilians in a World Cup game eight years ago, but lost with a score of 0-4.
During the Johannesburg games, Jong Tae Se, forward of North Korean team, cried over his national pride when his national anthem was played.
The tears of Jong, who reportedly earns only 12 yuan ($1.76) per month, touched the hearts of many football fans watching the game.
A number of Chinese football fans contrasted some Chinese players to Jong, protesting that some of the Chinese players don't deserve to play for the country.
Young netizens and fans last week made sharp comments at kaixin.com - the Chinese version of Facebook - in a forum titled, "Should the Chinese national men's football team be dismissed?"
As of Sunday, more than 50,000 people voted, with more than 97 percent in support of sacking the entire team.
Meanwhile, only about 1,500 supporters said "no" to the question.