FC Barcelona, the club who plays the most beautiful football in the world, is building its success in China, and they're approaching the market in a way that no other club has done before.
Last month, Sandro Rosell, Barça's new president, was traveling in China with his colleagues. Unlike others, their trip was not about friendly games or cooperation with local clubs, but laying down guanxi with Chinese politicians and clenching a business deal with a giant Internet firm.
The Great Wall Cup of Beijing is hitting China’a capital again this summer with competitions in four age groups. Our friends at China Sports Tour are behind the project and, this year, they’re bringing teams from Australia, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, the DPRK, Thailand, the US, etc., and the venues will be shifted from the ‘Bird’s Nest’ last year to Beijing Olympic Sports Center. Please check their website for more information at www.thegreatwallcup.com
Champion team at the tournament last year
Inter Milan’s 3-1 victory over Serie A counterpart Palermo has filled the final spot for the other participant in this summer’s Italian Super Cup, which will be returning to Beijing. This year’s curtain-raiser to the 2011/12 Serie A season is going to be a treat for Chinese supporters of Italian football as this season’s champion AC Milan will take on their eternal rivals for the first time on the Asian continent.
The Milan derby has always been one of the most highly charged and most anticipated matches on the Serie A schedule. The history between the two Italian giants reads like a movie with action, drama, comedy and suspense all rolled into one. If Halley’s Comet is only visible from earth every 75 years, then Chinese supporters will be in for a treat this summer for this is one of the rarest events to occur outside of Italy.
An article looking at the latest tennis duo from China, and how some of the world's less-reported sports are producing China's future athletic stars.
For all of about five seconds, there was discussion about an "all Chinese" final in the Australian Open. The People's Daily newspaper had already crowned Li Na and Zheng Jie — the Chinese female tennis players who both managed to advance into the final four to play against Serena Williams and Justine Henin, respectively — "two golden flowers."
The Lega Calcio, the governing body of Italian professional football leagues, signed a deal with Beijing Football Association on Feb.16 to have the 2009 Italian Super Cup played at China's National Stadium, or Bird's Nest, in Beijing on August 8.
The Italian Super Cup, or Supercoppa Italiana, is a season-opening match between the winners of the Serie A and the Coppa Italia in the previous season. The Cup match has been played three times outside of the country: Washington in 1993, Tripoli in 2002 and New York in 2003.
"We're very disappointed the National Sports Stadium doesn't sell half-price tickets to our seniors," said grey-haired Wang Huifu, 70. Some senior high and colleague students are, too, not cool with the price. "They don't offer half-price tickets. Is the 'bird's nest' still a public place?" Located in the Olympic Park, this RMB 3.1 trillion (roughly $ 454.45 million USD) main arena has attracted millions of visitors after the Games, becoming a new tourist attraction and an icon of the capital city.