The ClubFootball All-Stars line up at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing before the Ford Cup, July 2003.
Co-organized by ClubFootball with the Beijing Municipal Gov. Information Office, this was the city's first
major public sporting event after SARS, attracting 10,000+ fans and enjoying multiple broadcasts on Beijing TV.
Football is an amateur game - it belongs to the people. For more than 100 years it has spread throughout the world capturing the imagination, hearts and minds of the millions who play, watch, live and dream about the game.
However, China's unique historical development has meant that the majority of people have not forged this emotional bond with football. This is now changing! From viewing the game as simply a recreation or showpiece owned by large corporations and organizations, China is now waking up to the worldwide phenomenon that is football!
Through our range of activities, ClubFootball's mission is to inspire, educate and energise China's football enthusiasts - making them truly feel part of the global football community, and establishing a sense of ownership and passion for the game that has been absent for too long!
Established in August 2001, China ClubFootball FC Limited (Wanguo Qunxing Zuqiu Julebu) is Beijing's first joint venture football club. ClubFootball is a partnership between Amateur Football Holdings Limited (AFH) and Beijing Fuying Natural Technologies Limited. The CFA, BFA and Beijing Administration of Industry and Commerce license the club to undertake all amateur football related activities.
The Club was launch sponsored by adidas and Beijing Television.
The names ClubFootball FC and Wanguo Qunxing Zuqiu Julebu (literally 'Everybody's A Star' Football Club) were chosen to communicate the idea of a national amateur-football network embracing everybody who shares our vision for amateur football and our passion for 'The People's Game'.
The first ClubFootball Amateur Football Club models begins! The site, on Dongbeiwang State Farm began life as two unused fish ponds!!!
Under construction! With the pitch laid, work on Phase 2 begins. This photo shows the constuction of the viewing terrace behind the North goal.
Signed memorabilia on display in The ClubFootball Centre features Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Arsenal AND Zidane, Beckham, Raoul, Kluivert, Del Piero.
ClubFootball's official launch day featured Liverpool legend Ian Rush who joined in a local amateur match! Seen here being interviewed by BTV before the game.
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