Mumblings of “Look, lao wai (foreigners) are playing football!” echoed through the Shizishan Sports park last Saturday afternoon, as CQIFC (Chongqing International Football Club) was having a football match . The members of CQIFC are from more than ten different countries, but they all love football and enjoy life in Chongqing.
Evan, the captain of the football team, told the journalist that CQIFC was organized by the consulate general of Denmark originally. It has been in Chongqing for 4 years. There are more than 40 members, from all walks of life. There are automotive engineers, teachers, office clerks, businessmen, students and teachers from twelve countries (such as America, Britain, France, Denmark, Benin, Brazil, Indonesia, Mauritius). They all met through the Internet or friends. The team plays a match at Shizishan sports park every weekend and a five-a side game Tuesday nights from 7-9 at Shapingba park. They also play friendly matches against Chongqing’s local teams quite regularly. They only lost one game out of the nineteen matches against local teams last year.
“I am better at eating hot pepper than most Chongqing people,” Evan is a 26 year-old guy who works for a foreign real estate company. He has been in China for about four years and has been to many cities in China, but Chongqing is his favorite because of one simple reason, delicious food. Evan’s girlfriend brings their chocolate Labrador dog to join in on the fun when she is free.
Bill from France is the defending midfielder on the team, he is twenty five years old. His Chinese name is Lichenggong. He studies sports in Chongqing University and has been in Chongqing for more than a year. He said there are many beautiful girls in Chongqing but the summer here is too hot.
Joselupi is a Portuguese lawyer, he has a Chinese name - Luzhongcheng. He is twenty eight years old, and he is studying Chinese at Chongqing Industrial and Commercial University. He said, Chongqing is a new and developing city for foreigners and there will be more and more foreigners as it continues to develop.
CQIFC 6-1 Jiangbei Police Department / Crazy Horse
Don't speed on the way home
Goals: Forrester, JBPD, Miles, Wang (2), Kuiper
Hazy mist enshrouding the newly flickering lights of Shizishan sports park illuminated a one sided battle for the ages. The field, turf, surrounded by cages so that one does not run out of bounds, and off into the Jiangbei mist; Shizishan Sports Park is a hike for most who come to play there. But on this past Saturday night, Chongqing IFC would reign supreme with a 6-1 victory over the peacekeepers of Jiangbei Police Department. They aim to serve and protect, but neglected to do that to their own goal on Saturday night.
Dressed in their stellar somewhat freshly washed white kits, the footballers looked damned professional if I don’t say so myself. The game began very quickly and forward pressing for CQIFC with many early chances. The first portion of the game ebbed and flowed. It was a lot like Linda Blair from The Exorcist, a lot of possession but not a lot of goals. The foreigners controlled the wings and middle pushing the ball fast up the field. Todd Kearney solidified the middle while effortlessly feeding Jose Lupi, and Luke Hooman for multiple chances, but alas they came up short.
The first goal in about the 20th minute, would come from the cops. CQIFC miscommunication at the back was at fault. But the team held their heads down only a moment. They refocused their efforts to bring the game back to their side. Evan Forrester pounded home a goal to even the score. A sigh of relief came over the team going into halftime with the score at 1-1.
When they came out for the second half, the cops seemed to have devoured more than their fair share of donuts, while CQIFC came out with vengeance on their minds. The International CQIFC outshot its opponent exponentially. The first goal of the second half was more a comedy of errors, bouncing off nearly everyone in the 6-yard box resulting in a Three Stooges own goal against the Police Department.
The Chongqinger's would put another goal in around the 60th minute, and this one was a beauty. Several pinging balls back and forth through the Chongqing midfield found Dean O’Connor on the left, he ripped a shot, deflecting off the keeper near the top of the 18 yard box and right in full leg swinging volley range for Matt Miles. A high arcing, rainbow of a beautiful ball, tickled the twine of the net as it slowly came back down from heaven, resulting in Chongqing IFC’s 3-1 setup.
Zac Wang scored two brilliant goals in the 70th to 75th minute. One of the two goals was from just a lick outside of the top circle of the opposing 18; he let it fly finding the back of the net
The stalwart CQIFC defense was challenged periodically in the second half as Alberto Barbosa, Tad Unruh, and Luc Donald held steadfast. One or two counterattacks forced Goalkeeper Brad Gresens to rise from his lawn chair, almost knock over his personal shao kao grill, and ended up spilling a whole Budweiser on his goalie shirt. Needless to say he was not very busy the whole game.
To bring it all home, self-proclaimed “tall guy” Mark Kuiper headed home another goal as the finishing touch to a 6-1 win over the great civil protectors of the district of Jiangbei. Good job Chongqing IFC, we will see you next week.
Man of the Match: Mark Kuiper, for finally using his head.... extensively
Starting Line-Up Keeper Brad Gresens
Sweeper Alberto Barbosa
Stopper Matt Miles
Lft Defender Luc Donald
Rt Defender Tad Unruh
Cntr Mid Evan Forrester
Cntr Mid Todd Kearney
Lft Mid Nicolai Christensen
Rt Mid Zac Wang
Forward Jose Lupi
Striker Luke Hooman
Substitutes Mark Kuiper
CQIFC 2-1 Jiangbei Public Security Bureau
Nearly a miss
Goals: Forrester, Hooman
Last Saturday’s match saw a tired CQIFC secure a tight victory over a PSB 11. Obviously jaded from a hectic recent schedule and with several players carrying niggling injuries the Exiles labored to break down a resolute opposition defence until Evan Forrester played Marc Kuiper down the left wing. His subsequent run and cross was then met by Evan who dispatched a sweet volley in to the top right hand corner. Instead of capitalizing on this advantage the Exiles looked increasingly vulnerable at the back against the constant long ball and through ball bombardment, the result of which was a deserved equalizing goal for the visitors. Team changes at half-time (orchestrated by CQIFC’s genius coach) and a good shouting at served to shore up the defence while carrying better wing attacking options. Exiles hard work was finally rewarded when Luke Hooman got in behind the defence for a cool finish at the near post with what proved to be the winning goal in a hard fought and tiring encounter.
Man of the match: French David, rock solid at the back and supportive in attack.
A Special mention for American Matt (aka Brad), who at 120 kilos (110 kg actually) managed to pole-axe the smallest player on the field.