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Real and Barca oppose playing the Spanish Supercopa in Beijing

Spanish football giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have expressed unwillingness to participate in the Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) plans to host the next five Supercopa competitions in Beijing. The agreement betwen the RFEF and promoter United Vansen International Sport, worth 40 million Euros, remains in its preliminary phase, awaiting approval of the Spanish Football Assembly.

Since inception in 1982 the Supercopa tournament has been a two legged competition involving the previous La Liga season champion against the previous season’s Copa del Rey champion on Spanish soil. The June announcement that it woud relocate received harsh criticism from fans in Spain, but until recently no statement was made by any Spanish Clubs.

The statement marks one of the few occassions where Madrid and Barca are unified in their football endeavors. Some would speculate that both clubs are likely to already be planning preseasons tours to China, which are more lucrative and effective marketing platforms for the clubs in China.

Trevor has always been a student of the game, thus becoming a teacher and ambassador for the sport was only natural. In 2010 he joined Sinobal Football Club in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, a grassroots football club founded in 1998. First starting as a player, then as a youth and first team assistant coach, now Trevor spends most of the time coordinating international projects with the club. These include school football co-op projects, China Grassroots Football Foundation in rural areas of China, Street Football, China Grassroots Football exhibition, and finding new opportunities/events to popularize, enhance, and project grassroots football in China. For WEF Trevor contributes primarily on happenings away from the CSL, where, arguably, Chinese football needs the most development. Although coverage on Hangzhou Greetown FC, a partner of Sinobal FC,is to be expected. If you are interested in contacting Trevor or finding out more about grassroots football in China contact trevor.lamb@sinobal.net.

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