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Amoy Cup 2013 successfully concludes on Xiamen's scenic Gulangyu Island

Updated: 12 Jun 2013
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The Amoy Cup 2013, a 7-a-side football tournament featuring both professional and amateur players from home and abroad, kicked off at 9:00am on the natural grass pitch of Gulangyu’s People’s Stadium in Xiamen on 11th June.
   
In an effort to promote friendship between local and foreign residents through football, the much anticipated Amoy Cup 2013, a 7-a-side football tournament featuring both professional and amateur players from home and abroad, kicked off at 9:00am on the natural grass pitch of Gulangyu’s People’s Stadium in Xiamen on Tuesday.

The stadium is believed to be the home of China’s earliest documented football pitch. Football was brought by the Europeans to the then colonized Gulangyu Island in the early 1900s and later spread to other parts of the country. The stadium was named after Ma Yunhan, a pioneer of modern Chinese sports, in December, 2012 to mark his 130th birthday. 
 
 
The teams stood in silence to grieve for the deaths in the recent Xiamen BRT bus fire which killed 47 people on 7th June
 
Before the games officially began, the entire stadium observed a minute of silence to grieve for the deaths in the recent Xiamen BRT bus fire. The deadly fire on 7th June killed 47 commuters and injured 34 others. 
 
Despite it beginning to rain shortly after the tournament kicked off, all 12 teams went all out to show off their skills, team spirit and passion to get through the group stages. Black Star FC and LTWO, Shanghai Lions FC (A) and Xiamen BOBO FC, Xiamen International FC (A) and B52 Camegle’s FC, Xiamen BOBO FC and Kunming FC put on exciting shows for the spectators, with final results of 7:0, 5:0, 6:1 and 5:2 respectively. 
  

The professional and licensed referees who came over from Shanghai for this tournament.
  
Just like at last year’s event, food and drinks were on hand to keep players and spectators fed and hydrated. The mostly western food of the day was prepared and served by Xiamen restaurants TOSEA (Tastes of South-East Asia) and Salute Pizza, while in addition the Paulaner Brauhaus Xiamen from Kempinski Hotel Xiamen offered up a free buffet feast for the players at the side of the pitch. As well as cold drinks, including bottled water and Heineken beers, ice cream was on-hand at affordable prices. Chatime also brought Taiwan’s best bubble tea to the pitch. 
 
With all the players, accompanied of course by their families, friends and guests, the stadium was packed out and had a great, if competitively tinged, party atmosphere. 
 
 

 
Just like at last year’s event, food and drinks were on hand to keep players and spectators fed and hydrated.
 
The tournament continued at 2:30pm after a short break for the players to grab hamburgers, pizzas and cold drinks to help recover their energy.

4 teams finally advanced into the semifinals: Xiamen International FC (B), Black Star FC, Xiamen BOBO FC and Shanghai Lions FC (A).

The sky turned blue after the heavy rain stopped, and Xiamen BOBO FC were able to advance to the finals after a 2:0 win over Xiamen International FC (B), while Shanghai Lions FC (A) put on another strong performance, beating Black Star FC. The second runner-up spot went to the Black Stars after their win over Xiamen International FC (B) in the fight for third place. 

As the final approached, the toll from the daylong competition was evident through the injuries and cramps of some players. 
  
 

 
Shanghai Lions FC (A) secured a 2-1 win over Xiamen BOBO FC to lift the trophy and bring the tournament to a close
 
After a five-minute break, Xiamen BOBO FC took to the field for the final showdown with the powerful Shanghai Lions FC (A). It was a really tough match and both teams gave everything they had to clinch the Amoy Cup 2013 win. Shanghai Lions FC (A) scored the first goal after breaching the defense of the BOBO FC. The second goal was also scored by the Shanghai team in the tight 12-minute first half.

Xiamen BOBO FC seized a chance to knock the ball in with a nice overhead kick in the second half. However, the Shanghai Lions FC (A) were for the most part in control of the game and comfortably secured a 2-1 win to lift the trophy and bring the tournament to a close.
 
The teams rendezvoused at Paulaner in Kempinski Hotel Xiamen later that evening. Celebrations and mingling were the order of the night with beers, beers and then some more beers.
 
The rankings:
1. Shanghai Lions FC (A)
2. Xiamen BOBO FC
3. Black Star FC
4. Xiamen International FC(B)
5. Xiamen Yu Fan Tian FC
6. Xiamen International FC(A)
7. Shanghai Lions FC (B)
8. Latino FC
9. Kunming FC
10. B52 Carnegie’s FC
11. LTWO
12. Shanghai FCU Uniliever

About Amoy Cup 
 
 
The first “Amoy Cup”, a 7-a-side football tournament hosted by Xiamen International Football Club and co-hosted by WOX, was held at Xiamen’s Gulangyu Island on June 23rd, 2012, which happened to be that year’s Duanwu (Dragon Boat Festival).

To promote friendship between local and foreign residents through football, 10 teams, including two from Shanghai, were invited to play against each other at the Gulangyu People’s Stadium.

Xiamen Yu Fan Tian, Xiamen International (B), Xiamen BOBO, and Black Stars made the semi-finals.

Finally, Xiamen International (B) defeated the Chinese team Xiamen BOBO 1-0 in the final to clinch the first Amoy Cup. 
 
About Xiamen International FC 
 


Founded by three football lovers, namely Danilo from Germany, Peter from Taipei and Xiao Xu from Xiamen on 8th August, 2007, the Xiamen International Football Club has gathered both amateur and professional football players from different countries around the world.

Since the club was founded, the team has taken part in Xiamen Amateur Soccer Games for nearly 7 successive years. In the past years, they have been gathering every Friday to play together.

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