Chinese girls beat AIK FF from the capital of Sweden in the class of Girls 12, last Friday (Beijing Time), to claim the title of the 2015 Gothia World Youth Cup.
When AIK FF was merely four minutes away from becoming champions after an early lead, the Chinese girls scored the equalizer and moved on to save three penalties, making themselves champions hailed by their country and the people.
Lin Xiaohua, vice-president of the Chinese Football Association (CFA), sent the girls warm congratulations on their victory. "Thank you for your extraordinary performance! You have won honor for Chinese women football players and the whole country!"
All the 12 girls are 11 or 12 years old, and are from Li ethnic group living in an ethnic autonomous county, south China’s Hainan Province. They were selected from multiple local school teams by Xiao Shan, coach of the county’s women’s football team.
"Growing and living in Qiongzhong, the national-level poor county, the girls are really resilient and hard-working. Having to walk miles in the mountainous region to school, they have developed strengths in speed, explosive power and nimbleness," said Xiao.
This April, the 12-girl team won the opportunity to compete in the 2015 World Youth Cup by winning the 2015 SKF Tournament in Beijing. The team became Hainan’s first women’s football team for an international game on behalf of China.
First held in 1975, the Gothia World Youth Cup has been held annually in Gothenburg, figuring world’s largest and most international youth football tournament. Through the years, almost a million players from a total of 141 countries have participated in the tournament.
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