The 2020 Shanghai Citizen’s Football Festival concluded over the weekend, with an all-star friendly match between Shanghai’s veteran footballers and medical staff from Huashan Hospital.
The festival, which kicked off in August, serves as part of the 2020 Shanghai Citizen’s Meet. Despite the adverse impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the festival managed to organize a few match-watching parties for Shanghai’s football enthusiasts, as well as a football fan story forum and some online activities.
The all-star match, which was held at Shanghai Greenland Shenhua’s training base in Pudong’s Kangqiao on Sunday, dropped the curtain for this year’s festival.
Twenty doctors from Huashan Hospital attended the match. They formed a team to take on the “Shanghai All-Star” team, which comprised former Shenhua players like Wang Yun, Li Chengming, Zheng Kewei, as well as retired national players like Liu Yue, Li Yan and Zhu Qi.
“A lot of medical staff would take part in sports activities like football to chill out amid the fight against the coronavirus,” said Doctor Yao Wei from Huashan Hospital’s sports rehabilitation department. “It’s a pleasure to exchange skills with star players we only used to see on TV.”