German university wins first place
Wuhan hosts World Elite University Football Tournament 2018
The World Elite University Football Tournament (WEUFT) 2018 was held in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) from July 14 to 22, attracting 12 world elite university football teams, including those from Cambridge, Oxford, and Tsinghua, to Wuhan to take part in the competition. The competition ended on July 22 with the University of Tübingen from Germany successfully defending its championship in the final.
The "World Cup" of universities in Wuhan
As the "World Cup" of universities, the purpose of the WEUFT is to promote university sport participation and encourage friendships among team members of leadinguniversities worldwide.
The openingceremony of the WEUFT 2018 was held at the Optics Valley Stadium at 5:00 p.m. on July 13, markingthe start of a nine-day competition attended by football teams from the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of Melbourne, the Polytechnic University of Turin, Leiden University, the University of Tübingen, the University of Southern California, the National University of Singapore, Seoul National University, Tsinghua University, South China University of Technology and Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
The competitive level of the teams in the WEUFT is of a high standard. The University of Tübingen from Germany, last year's champion, was runner-up in the European University Football League, and they once competed against the Chinese National Youth Football men's team. The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge also have a long tradition of playingfootball.
Duringthe first day's match, the host team from HUST, after conceding the first goal, came back to defeat the University of Southern California 2-1. After nearly a week's competition, the tournament had completed over half of the schedule. The semifinals were held on the afternoon of July 20 between Seoul National University and the University of Cambridge, and Tsinghua University and the University of Tübingen. On July 22, the University of Tübingen won over the University of Cambridge 5-0 in the final. Seoul
National University came in third place, and Tsinghua University came fourth. The host team from HUST ranked seventh overall.
First time in Wuhan
The football tournament was initiated by Tsinghua University in 2016, and the first two tournaments were both held there. There were eight teams competing in the first tournament, and 12 in the second one. Last year, the University of Tübingen from Germany claimed the championship. This year is the third tournament and the first time that it is hosted in Wuhan.
A representative from Huazhong University of Science and Technology said, "The hostingof this tournament will certainly play a positive role in promotingthe development of Chinese campus football, exchanges between universities in the world, and the reform of Wuhan's city football."
New city attraction
The WEUFT is a top-level global university football competition. At present, the tournament has covered eight countries and regions on four continents, becomingone of the most influential football tournaments in the world.
The WEUFT advocates the concept of "from football and beyond football." Duringthe tournament, the organizers held a football forum and organized for coaches and players to visit the historic sites in Wuhan such as Yellow Crane Tower and Zhongshan Park, so that the guests could learn about various aspects of Wuhan at different levels.
The director of the Wuhan Municipal Sports Bureau said, "Holdingthe event will be one of many concrete measures to build 'the city of the youth,' 'the city of dreams,' 'the city of universities,' and 'the city of football,' and also an important part of the series of activities to support the Military World Games."
University of Tübingen from Germany celebrates their victory.
The opening game between HUST and the University of Southern California
The semifinal between the University of Tübingen and Tsinghua University