16 international football clubs compete in 2018 Gulangyu Cup
While most football fans might be following the FIFA World Cup in Russia at the moment, another international football tournament is underway right here in Xiamen, where the 2018 Gulangyu Cup has just kicked off at the Gulangyu People's Stadium last Saturday.
A total of 16 teams with over 200 players coming from Germany, Italy, France, USA, Brazil and many other countries, have gathered to participate in the annual football tournament.
The seven-a-side football competition has already been held for the past four years. For this year's event, a growing number of expatriate teams took part, including Xiamen International Football Club, Beijing Barbarians FC, French Kiss FC, Hong Kong Krauts and Shanghai Piscola Mecanica FC.
Accordingly, a rugby club friendly match was held in the same venue on May 12, to celebrate the first anniversary of the island's listing as a world cultural heritage as well as to boost the development of sports on the island.
The competitions not only act as a platform where international sport amateurs and fans compete and befriend with each other, but also advocate the excellent integration of Chinese and western cultures on the island, said an official of Gulangyu sub-district.