Future Soccer Stars Unveiled
Xue Li, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Football Association, made a speech at the opening ceremony of the championship
Yin Hai, Vice-Chairman of the Wanda Group, made a speech at the opening ceremony of the championship
Candidates of Villarreal took group photos
Candidates of Atletico de Madrid took group photos
Candidates of Valencia took group photos
The "China’s Future Soccer Star Program," sponsored by the Wanda Group, has selected 90 teenage candidates who will have the chance of going to Spain for 3-year training in top soccer clubs.
Fifteen coaches from three Spanish first-division soccer clubs, Atletico de Madrid, Villarreal and Valencia, picked out the candidates from more than 460 young players that participated in a national teenage soccer championship.
The championship was sponsored by the Wanda Group and organized by the Chinese Football Association.
According to the program, 30 of the candidates will be sent to Spain this year and the Wanda Group will cover most of their expenses, including training fees, board and lodging, sports equipments and yearly return flight tickets between Spain and China.
The young soccer players, aged 12 or 13, will be trained by Atletico de Madrid, Villarreal and Valencia, respectively.