The event, ruled by Mare Nostrum Cup, takes place in Kunming from July 28th to August 2nd
Espanyol, Valencia, Celta, Hoffenheim, Crystal Palace, Zenit and San Jose are the international teams
The opening ceremony was broadcasted to an audience of more than 7 millions of viewers
The ball is rolling again in Kunming. The second edition of youth football tournament Mediterranean Champion China kicked off today with the Opening Ceremony, chaired by Demetrio Albertini, former FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Italian National Squad player, who won 3 UEFA Champion League. He is the ambassador of the MCC, the only FIFA licensed tournament organized by a Spanish company in Asia. The managers of Mare Nostrum Cup, based in Salou, Spain, signed an agreement with the Asian Company China Sports Futurity Investment (CSFI) to launch the MCC until 2027. This second edition is taking place in Kunming again from July 28th to August 2nd.
The tournament repeats format and is played in categories Boys U14 and Girls U13. There was a previous phase where over than 900 Chinese clubs played to reach the finals in Kunming and face the international teams. This year the amount of clubs coming from outside of Asia has increased, with a total of 7: RC Celta de Vigo from Spain, Crystal Palace (England), TSG Hoffenheim (Germany), FC Zenit (Russia) and San Jose Earthquakes (United States) compete in the men category, while Espanyol and Valencia, both from Spain, play in the women category. In total, there are 16 clubs in search of the U14 Boys title and 8 competing for the U13 girls. The best Asian teams of the MCC 2019 will play the Mare Nostrum Cup 2020 in Salou which will be celebrated during the Easter holidays.
The opening ceremony and the match San Jose Earthquake vs Chongqing SWM were accessible via live streaming from the website www.marenostrumcup.com to a total of over 7 millions of viewers.
All the International clubs started the MCC2019 with the following results:
BU14 TSG Hoffenheim vs Beijing Sinobo Guoan 3-0
BU14 Zenit vs Shanghai SIPG Football Club 5-0
BU14 San Jose Earthquake vs Chongqing SWM 3-0
BU14 RC Celta vs Tianjian Taida 1-0
BU14 Crystal Palace vs Hebei China Fortune Football Club 0-2
GU13 Espanyol vs SiChuan Football Association 2-0
GU13 Valencia vs Shenzhenu Football Association Team 2-0