"This year we have a third of the usual number. However, we are sure that those who come will reach the finish line with the same wide smile and the competition will give them the same joy as in recent years," said competition director Arpad Kocsis before the start.
When first meeting Liu Tianzi, it's difficult to associate her with the above description. It isn't until her feet drew a gentle but powerful arc on the ground that we were sure she is the "female Tai Chi master."
"What I can do this year is to keep a good mood. I will try to adjust myself to reach a peak state during the Olympics next year," she added.
In Group C, LGD came up with a risky line-up facing FNC and did not seize the opportunity in the decisive game, losing hope of progressing.
Kevin Monnet-Paquet, forward for French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne, is among the foreign-based players, and will be the first time he appears for Amavubi.
The warm-up will be Skocic's first match since taking charge of Iran's team as part of preparations for the remaining matches of 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
"We improved our ball movement with the match going deep. Players had expected to win this match through an easy route. After halftime adjustment, we had a different look in the second half," said Zhejiang coach Gu Jiaqing.
"I've already done it in Australia," said the 21-year-old Kenin, "I've had tough matches these past two weeks and I'm so excited to be in the final. It's incredible. I'm going to enjoy this moment today and get ready for the final tomorrow (on Saturday)."
"My eyes are on the crown heading to Gdynia, I want to win back my world half title but I know the challenge ahead especially when you know the field is strong, but I believe we have the best squad which will enable us win the championship," Jepchirchir told Xinhua on Friday.
Almost at the same time when Germany's embarrassing draw happened, police and tax authorities searched the offices and private homes of current and former officials of the country's soccer association on suspicion of serious tax evasion.
"What I learned at Bayern and what I can stress is the need to train hard. It's something I've always done. But, now, if I have to work three or four times harder than normal, I'll do it. I've been working on my physical fitness and I'm feeling really good. The intensity of the training is something that Bayern take very seriously and you can see that the players benefit from that."