Before the Wolves end their trip to China in fitting fashion this Friday with the friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt (kick-off 14:00 CEST), they made a few more stops on their promotional tour of Foshan. It may have been the last day of their journey, but there was still time for them to spend a few hours making yet more memories and getting a further insight into Chinese culture. It turned out to be a busy morning with plenty of new things to discover, from the local economy to the country’s traditional martial art and a unique and unusual theme park.
Kung fu training for the Wolves
Wolves head coach Bruno Labbadia and a large number of the squad plus the training and backroom staff had to be up for the fight, both literally and metaphorically, at ‘Bruce Lee Paradise’. After a guided tour of the museum and an impressive display from the youngsters at the martial arts school, the Wolves got the chance to learn some of the fighting techniques themselves.
VfL managing directors Michael Meeske and Dr. Tim Schumacher had a different type of morning, heading off with Josuha Guilavogui, Felix Klaus, Sebastian Jung, Maximilian Arnold, William and Sidnei Balde to visit the FAW-VW factory, which is the fruit of a joint venture between Volkswagen and First Automotive Works. The players took part in a marketing photoshoot with the employees and had a tour of the production areas, while the VfL board members had a similar visit with the German CEO of the factory Holger Nestler.
"China is an important market, both for Volkswagen and for us," said Dr. Tim Schumacher. "Seeing the factory in Foshan made a real impression on us. With our trip to China, the friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt and the many visits we have made, including to the factory in Foshan, we as a member of the global Volkswagen family wanted to send out a message, establish a presence in China and win over new fans and partners."
"We have really enjoyed the warm welcome that we’ve received here," added VfL sporting director Marcel Schäfer. "We’re delighted to be here and to have had this great experience.