Ger­man univer­sity wins first place

Wuhan hosts World Elite Univer­sity Foot­ball Tour­na­ment 2018

Changjiang Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - By Zhang Lin

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."

Photo by Gao Yong

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

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