Football Notes: Chinese Youth Head To Spain For Training Clinics
The Chinese Football Association has "closely collaborated" with Wanda Group to send 30 male football players to Spain to complete a three-year training course at "three of the best clubs" in La Liga, according to the CHINA DAILY. The players will be around age 13 and train with Valencia FC, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal FC. The CFA has "dispatched nearly 100 teenage players" to football powerhouses in Europe and South America for training over the past two years under the "Teenage Players Overseas Study Project" (CHINA DAILY, 8/27). ... Tunisia football club Etoile Sahel was kicked out of the African Champions League "after rioting fans caused the abandonment of a group-stage match against compatriots Esperance" earlier this month. It is the first time a club has been expelled in the middle of the group stage (REUTERS, 8/27). ... Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen "demands €96,000 ($121,600) in damages from two hooligans." Leverkusen player Michael Kadlec missed two weeks last season "after the two men brutally beat him last April" (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 8/27).