Kunming – Building “Silicon Valley” of Ecological Plateau Football Sports

The closing ceremony of LaLiga Hope Cup 2019 took place in Kunming with almost 300 athletes and coaching staff attended the award ceremony
The first stone ceremony of the permanent LaLiga International Football Academy of Kunming held ahead of the cup ending.

August 26, 2019 – The LaLiga Hope Cup has successfully concluded in Kunming, as FC Barcelona defeated Valencia CF 3-1 to clinch the first LaLiga Hope Cup on August 25th 2019. The closing ceremony, wrapping up the 5-day competition that started on August 21st, was graced by the presence of numerous guests of honor including Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga, Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo, Ambassador of Spain in China; Óscar Mayo, Marketing & International Development Director & Chairman´s Office of LaLiga, Sergi Torrents, Managing Director of LaLiga Greater China; Zhang Le, Deputy Managing Director of LaLiga Greater China; Wang Jianguang, President of CSFI.


The perfect ending of the tournament depends on the full support from the Kunming Municipal Government as host and CSFI as the event organizer, as well as the active participation of 12 professional U-16 teams and the provision of excellent facilities in Kunming JIALIZE.

Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga, was pleased to witness the birth of the winning team of the inaugural “LaLiga Hope Cup Kunming 2019” and said, “the successful organization of such high quality youth tournament has shown the firm determination of football development in Kunming, with the strategic agreement signed with Kunming Municipal Government and CSFI, we are confident that our projects will become new landmarks of China’s youth football and will contribute significantly to the long-term football development in Yunnan Province.”

The tournament not only boost the football knowledge exchanges between clubs of both sides, young players can also learn from other countries to improve the cultural understanding.

LaLiga International Football Academy of Kunming

In the morning ahead of the closing ceremony, all parties celebrated the start of the construction of LaLiga International Football Academy of Kunming. The foundation stone laying and construction initiation ceremony, attended by LaLiga President Javier Tebas, Ambassador of Spain in China Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo . Standing Committee of Yunnan Provincial Party Committee, Kunming Minicipal Party Committee Secretary Cheng Lianyuan, Director of the Department of Economics of National Sports Adiminstration Liu Fumin,officially began at 11:00, with each guest exchanging gifts with others.

This is LaLiga’s first permanent academy in China and another good example of LaLiga’s sustaining commitment to China’s football development. The academy, which will be located in Anning county-city and is expected to start operating in the second half of 2021, will be part of an integrated project that will contain schools, sports training camps, a specialized medical center and a football museum, all aimed at promoting the culture and development of football in the region.


Kunming actively responds to the national big health strategy and accelerates to create a “China Health City” with developed health industry, distinct ive health culture, perfect health service, attactive health brand and international influence. It will take the cultivation of plateau sports industry as the starting point, strengthen the plateau sports brand, and accelerate to construct first international, three-dimensional and multi- functional all-eco pleatu football sports silicon valley in Asia with sports training competition, national fitness, sports tourism, sports research, sports exchange, which will become the pioneering and demonstration zone for active service and integration into the “TheBelt and Road” construction, “Healthy Silk Road”. The establishment of  LaLiga International Football Academy Kunming and the host of LaLiga Hope Cup will also help the development of youth football in Yunnan Province and train more high-level football talents for China’s football.

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