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Football fever hits Hainan at Mission Hills Haikou

More than 2,000 budding young footballers from across China are in Hainan this week for the inaugural edition of the Mission Hills Haikou Cup. 

A staggering 128 junior teams are taking part in the nine-day competition, making it the largest youth football event ever to be staged on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. 

Hosted by Mission Hills Haikou at its 20-pitch football training base, the final will be played on February 1.  The tournament for seven to 14-year-olds is being supported by the Hainan Football Association and the Haikou Culture and Sports Bureau.   

The 20-square-kilometre Mission Hills Haikou resort is also home to a FC Barcelona Academy – the only overseas academy to be wholly-managed by the world's most popular football club – and a recently-opened 'Barca Experience' visitor centre, the first in the world outside of the Spanish capital. 

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