A Bite of China

The Ancient Football - Cuju

by Stella on 2016-05-30 10:20:25



Cuju, also named Taju, is an ancient sport in China. Ju is a ball whose cover is lether and rice polishings inside. So it is similar to the football today. According to the historical records, in the early warring states period(475-221 B.C.) Cuju had become a popular sport game among the Han folks. And from the Han Dynasty (202-220 B.C.) it became the training method in the army. In Song Dynasty (960-1279) there are Cuju groups and Cuju artists. And in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912) people like to cuju on the ice. In 2006, it is listed in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage as the first ones. 






Cuju is the ancient football. And the modern football origins in England. It is said that in the 11th century, there is a war between England and Denmark. After the war, English men found a Danish skull in the ruin, and they kicked it out of anger with many children. But the skull was too hard to kick that they replcaed the urinary bladder of ox full of air with the skull. Thus the morden football comes out. 



In the early 12th century, there was a football game in England. The  game was held twice a year between two cities. When the host threw up the football, the game began. If players kicked the ball into the other city, it meant that they won the game, thus making the habitants losing a lot. Thus the rule of the game changed. And the special football field appeared. 

Nowadays, the football becomes an international sport in the world. There are many international football games such as FIFA, European Football Championship, AFC and so on. Also it develops into LPL, for example, CSL, PL, La Liga, Bundesliga,  Serie A, Ligue 1, UEFA Cup and so on. It wins hundreds and thousands of people in the world. 

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