Also, as an amateur footballer..

update Jul. 2020:

After 10 months rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction, I finally returned to pitch earlier this month for casual football, during a very special (COVID19) time.

…mixed feelings…


As an “amateur” footballer, I’m recovering from quite “professional” knee injuries since 2016, progressing well and now aiming to return to pitch in near future.

Fun fact 1: When people ask me to repeat my name in a phone call I always say “Fan, F-A-N, as in ‘football fan’ “. Yet in most cases they still think it is Sam.

Fun fact 2: my favourite English football club Arsenal and my hometown club Beijing Guo-An(国安) have many in common:

  • Both won quite a few domestic cup titles, not so many league titles, and none continental cup..
  • Both from the capital cities.
  • Both rank 1st in the league table alphabetically.
  • Arsenal in English can also mean “a place where weapons and military equipments are stored“, whereas Guoan(国安) in Chinese can also be directly translated as “the Ministry of State Security”.
  • Last time I checked they both ranked 4th place in the league table…

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