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Vice-premier calls for closer China-Germany football cooperation

Updated: Nov 27,2016 12:23 PM

Vice-Premier Liu Yandong (2nd from left) attends the first China-Germany Football Development Symposium at the German Bundesliga football club FC Klon, Nov 26, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

COLOGNE — Vice-Premier Liu Yandong on Nov 27 called on China and Germany to build a stable and sustainable football strategic cooperative partnership.

The Vice-premier was attending the first China-Germany Football Development Symposium at the German Bundesliga football club FC Klon.

Chinese leaders attach great importance to sports and have explicitly urged the revitalization of football in China which is highly expected by hundreds of millions of Chinese football fans, said Liu.

The structural reform of football in China has made substantive progress, with school football now being vigorously developed, she said.

Vice-Premier Liu underlined in her speech that by the year of 2020, the number of football fields in China will increase to over 70,000, 50,000 trainers will be cultivated for school football, and 20,000 football specialized schools will be built up.

Vice-premier poses for a photo with players from the FC Koln youth team after the seminar, Nov 26, 2016. ]Photo/Xinhua[

Regarding the further development of China-Germany football cooperation, she called for strengthening exchanges between national teams of China and Germany as well as their professional football clubs, jointly expanding win-win cooperation in the football industry, and further improving the bilateral exchange mechanism of youth football.

At the symposium, German Football League President Reinhard Rauball, German Football Association General Secretary Friedrich Curtius and representatives from FC Cologne, FC Bayern, FC Schalke 04 and other clubs spoke about the training system for teenagers in the professional association football league Bundesliga and the youth training models in their clubs.

On Nov 25, representatives from the two sides signed the German-Chinese football cooperation agreement in Berlin.