Xi­a­men Dai­ly: Xi­a­men Ver­sion of the “World Cup” in Ku­lang­su Counts Near­ly 200 Par­tic­i­pants

Xiamen Daily: Xiamen Version of the "World Cup" in Kulangsu Counts Nearly 200 Participants
Ju­ly 19, 2018

While Rus­si­a’s World Cup was still in full swing, the Xi­a­men ver­sion of the com­pe­ti­tion heat­ed up in Ku­lang­su. Kulangsu’s 5th Ku­lang­su Cup 2018 friend­ly soc­cer match took place at the Ku­lang­su Peo­ple’s Sta­di­um, at­tract­ing near­ly 200 par­tic­i­pants from 16 in­ter­na­tion­al soc­cer teams, in­clud­ing France, Hong Kong, Bei­jing, and Xi­a­men.

In this friend­ly match, a sev­en-a-side soc­cer sys­tem was demon­strat­ed, and it in­clud­ed French Kiss, Shang­hai In­ter­na­tion­al, Bei­jing Bar­bar­ian, Hong Kong Ger­man, Xi­a­men In­ter­na­tion­al, and Old Boys, among oth­er soc­cer teams. An in­ter­est­ing fact about this sports event is that for­eign play­ers who have stud­ied, worked and lived in Chi­na for a long time ac­count­ed for about 90% of the par­tic­i­pants. Their na­tion­al­i­ties in­clude Ger­man, French, Ital­ian, Amer­i­can, Brazil­ian, and many oth­er. Play­ers with dif­fer­ent skin col­ors, speak­ing dif­fer­ent lan­guages com­pet­ed in the same field, mak­ing this game an in­ter­na­tion­al mod­el.

Ac­cord­ing to the event or­ga­niz­er, Ku­lang­su sub-dis­trict of­fice, this friend­ly soc­cer match, or­ga­nized af­ter the friend­ly rug­by match and the open­ing of the “post-ap­pre­ci­a­tion” era, rep­re­sents a large-scale sports event which not on­ly al­lows more peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the charm of Ku­lang­su, but al­so com­bines sports events and the pro­mo­tion of Kulangsu’s cul­ture.

The Ku­lang­su For­eign­ers’ Foot­ball field is a his­toric land­mark on the is­land. It was built in the 1870s, and once used for lawn ten­nis and crick­et. In 1910, the court was an im­por­tant venue for the re­cep­tion cer­e­mo­ny for the Am­Cham del­e­ga­tion.

This his­toric, sprawl­ing soc­cer pitch serves as an in­for­mal di­vider be­tween Kulangsu’s main vil­lage and the south­ern parks and beach­es. You can gen­er­al­ly wan­der around on its well-man­i­cured grass when the sta­di­um isn’t be­ing used for a match.

The enor­mous banyan near the sta­di­um en­trance is at the cross­roads of the path that me­an­ders through the hills to Nei Cuo Ao and the one that leads to Long­tou Road shop­ping dis­trict quite near­by. Soc­cer and rug­by match­es are held reg­u­lar­ly, and many for­eign­ers from Xi­a­men at­tend games. The sta­di­um is sur­round­ed by tall palm trees and up­mar­ket gift shops and restau­rants.

Im­age cred­it: xmnn.cnGLY.cn