CHINA CUP – January 2017

Soccer’s first China Cup is just six months away. The Chinese real estate and entertainment giant Wanda Group on Wednesday announced it will host the first-ever ” ‘China Cup’ International Football Tournament” in January 2017.

Wanda Group to kick off 1st China Cup in 2017

Wanda Group to kick off 1st China Cup in 2017

Some people have said the “China Cup” could launch a rival to the Uefa Champions League, the annual football competition contested by top-division European clubs. The move is also hoped to help raise the quality of both international and Chinese football “to the next level”.

Wanda Group led by China’s richest man Wang Jianlin has scored again.

At a signing ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday, the company announced that its Wanda Sports Holdings and the Chinese Football Association will host the first-ever ” ‘China Cup’ International Football Tournament”.

The 2017 games will be held in the southern Chinese autonomous region of Guangxi, in Nanning city, from January 9th to the 16th.

China and the three first-class national teams from Europe and the Americas will play four games, aiming to offer fans a glimpse of international soccer’s top leagues.

“I can assure you that the Tournament will be the top football game in Asia, better even than the Asian Cup. The best teams of the Asian Cup are South Korea, Japan, Iran and Australia. We will invite more competitive teams,” said Wang Jianlin, chairman of Wanda Group.

It comes after Wanda Group last year acquired a 20% stake in the Atlético Madrid football club, apart from signing a deal with world football governing body Fifa to sponsor their next foru World Cups.

The “China Cup” is the first international soccer competition to land in China and is a FIFA-approved international A-level tournament. It is capable of earning FIFA points for global rankings.

As the host country, China will automatically qualify to enter its national team in the tournament, and therefore gets the opportunity to climb up FIFA ranks.

The China Cup will be held annually, initially featuring competition between four teams and gradually building up to eight teams.

Wang said,”I hope the China Cup will provide training ground for the national football team and promote the development of the sport of football in China. The national football team represents the level of a country’s football sport.”

The first China Cup comes as China’s national team prepares to compete for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Chinese groups have spent billions of dollars acquiring stakes in European football clubs and sports companies in recent years. The buying spree was sparked by the government’s plan to transform football-mad China into a “great sports nation” capable of even winning a World Cup.”

It also means that Chinese fans won’t have to go overseas or watch games in the early morning hours to enjoy international top-level competitions.

Sidi M. Airouss (UFM) is the exclusive FIFA match agent of Wanda sport holding for the China Cup International Football Tournament.

Soccer’s first China Cup is just six months away. The Chinese real estate and entertainment giant Wanda Group on Wednesday announced it will host the first-ever ” ‘China Cup’ International Football Tournament” in January 2017.

China 0 – 2 Island

Chile 1 – 1 Croatia (4 -1 P)

China 1 – 1 Croatia (4 – 3 P)

Final: Island 0 – 1 Chile

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Mr Sidi M. Airouss and Lou Sticca and the promoter ANZ have successfully concluded an historic contract between the regional Government of NSW and the English Premier League football giants Arsenal FC which will see Destination NSW become the club’s Official Tourism Partner, securing the team for a two-match tour exclusive to Sydney, Australia in July 2017.

The partnership will give the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the opportunity to promote and market NSW travel and tourism to Arsenal’s global following. Destination NSW is particularly focused on using the partnership to gain exposure in the UK, China and the United States, countries where the club has a particularly large and engaged fanbase.

Destination NSW will become Arsenal’s official tourism partner for Australia, with the ability to utilise a wide range of rights including LED perimeter signage, player and legend access, digital and social promotions, in-stadium activations and matchday hospitality.


Arsenal’s chief commercial officer, Vinai Venkatesham, said: “We are excited to enter into this partnership with the NSW Government and Destination NSW. As well as being our first partnership agreement in Australia, the deal is unique in combining a tourism partnership with pre-season matches. “We look forward to working with our new partner to promote NSW, before bringing our first team to Sydney for two games in 2017 in front of our passionate Australian fans.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said the partnership would see the state promoted to Arsenal fans around the world. “This Australian-first partnership will see Sydney and NSW showcased to a global audience every week, giving our state exposure to millions of Arsenal and English Premier League fans. We are proud to be associated with Arsenal, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious football clubs, and look forward to welcoming them to Sydney in 2017.”

A video message from Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger as well as Arsenal and Sydney highlights is available for download at

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Kerin Cup Tournament 2016 venue in Nagoya June 3rd and in Osaka June the 7th, The  National participant teams: Japan –   Bulgaria – Bosnia – Denmark

SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) face Bulgaria in their first match, while Bosnia Herzegovina play against Denmark in the other fixture. Following the results, the final will be played between winners on Tuesday 7. And the third-place match will be held between the teams who lost.

TASHIMA Kohzo, President of Japan Football Association

The KIRIN CUP SOCCER takes place after five years of interval, and talking about the history of the tournament, it began in 1978 as the Japan Cup. I also played the Japan Cup in 1980. Since then, Kirin Group has supported the tournament for many years.

When I was active as a player, there were really limited opportunities to play against clubs or national teams around the world. This tournament meant a lot for the development of Japan National Team at that time. With the history in mind, we would like to express our gratitude to Kirin Group as well as are confident the tournament taking place after five years with three great teams will help the national team develop.

Vahid HALILHODZIC, Coach of SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team)

The tournament is going to be very important for us. I would like to thank Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. and Kirin Beverage Co., Ltd. for their support in holding the tournament. I believe we couldn’t invite such strong teams without the support.

It’s going to be a big test for SAMURAI BLUE. The three invited countries are the ones we may face in the World Cup. They’ve got experience and are European powerhouses, but we are going to try to win two of them and finish the tournament victoriously. And I hope we can bring our fans happiness. The three teams have a different playing style – the powerful team, skilled team and the team having both. We will analyse them and get well ready for the tournament.

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