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Guangzhou Workers Get Time Off To Watch The World Cup

Posted: 06/12/2014 8:00 am

Employees from the Guangzhou software company rejoice with the lottery tickets

Football fans who have had to resort to using “sick leave” certificates on their boss’ desk, hoping it will allow them to stay up all night watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be envious of one Guangzhou boss’ generosity.

The Chinese reads: Resign! Watch World Cup!

Mr You, owner of a software company in Tianhe District, will not only give his employees the morning off whenever England is playing during the World Cup, but also bet RMB 100,000 (USD 16,100) in sports lottery tickets on England winning the whole tournament. He gave the tickets to each employee.

And it didn’t stop there; You also bought England team jerseys for each of his employees and encouraged them to wear them during each of England’s games, the Information Times reported on June 11.

The owner of the lottery shop said he spent nearly 40 minutes printing out all of You’s lottery tickets.

Employees at the Guangzhou company

A soccer maniac himself, Mr You revealed he is hoping his staff can learn the spirit of teamwork from the games.

At this point, you must imagine that You is a die-hard fan of England’s soccer team, but that is not the case at all. You was originally trying to bet on China, but due to the fact that China did not qualify, he opted for the team with the closest affinity to China—England, otherwise known as “Europe’s China team”.

China’s national football team often serves as the target of scorn, mockery and hand-wringing because it continually finds new ways to disappoint its fans. It made its first and only appearance in the World Cup in 2002.

Let’s hope that won’t jinx England’s fate.

Home page and content page: Information Times 


Liverpool Reds in Guangzhou

Posted: 07/12/2011 7:17 pm

We know they’re here, even if we can’t see them. Thanks to Andrew Griffin for sending in these photos of local stadium thugs and Liverpool fans in what looks like Grandview Mall in Guangzhou. If you know how, follow Andrew on Twitter, where he is @MrBiffta.

We heard there might be some Red-themed events at pubs around Guangzhou, so send us your photos if Lauren Socha turns up anywhere.

Also, check out Mr. David Rawcliffe on Twitter @propagandaphoto, as he’ll be following the team around during their stay in Guangzhou. He also appears to have had his laptop stolen since he arrived.

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