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'Colorful Yunnan, Belt and Road' International Football Open kicks off

By : InKunming | Published: 2017-December-6

[InKunming--Yunnan]  On the evening night of December 4th, the 2017 ‘Colorful Yunnan, Belt and Road’ International Football Open kicks off in Mangshi (芒市), capital city of Dehong Prefecture (德宏州). Twelve teams from nine countries, including Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia, China and so on, will compete in the next 10 days. The Croatian team, Varteks Varazdin, who was in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, also came and took part in the competition. It is the first time that European team compete in the tournament, making the tournament more international.

The quality of the professional football teams in this competition have improved obviously. The number of participating countries and teams also achieves maximum compared with previous years. Especially, it is the first time for Malaysia, Vietnam, East Timor and Croatia to participate in.

In the first day of the group game, two Chinese teams, from Lijiang city and Hebei Province, made their appearances brilliantly. The team from Lijiang difficultly defeated the opponent 2-0. “We have a lot of young players in the game, and i am pleased with the performance of these players,” the coach Hua said.

(Editors: Christine, Tracy)

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