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Dalian Wanda Group Brings Chinese "Rising Stars" to the FIFA World Cup Russia in New Film

On the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, official FIFA partner Dalian Wanda today released a new short film that tells the story of a group of young Chinese footballers who will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Russia.

The film documents a group of young Chinese players from Wanda's "Rising Stars" programme who will have the opportunity to step out on to the pitch at the World Cup as one of the official World Cup Flag Bearers. The Chinese youngsters 'Lorenzo' Chen Rong (17) , 'Raul' Liu Xiangchen (16), 'Federico' Xu Dingkun (14), 'Juan' Wan Yu (16) and 'Nacho' Sun Xiaosheng (14) will carry the official FIFA flag on to the pitch during Spain v Portugal on the 15th June and Belgium v Panama on the 18th June, both at Sochi's Fisht Stadium.

The Rising Stars programme, established in 2011, is a unique Formation Program, that sees Wanda send a group of Chinese youngsters to Spain to improve their skills, learn a new culture and develop as individuals with the cooperation of Atlético de Madrid.

The FIFA World Cup Flag Bearer Programme is one of the exclusive rights granted to Wanda Group by FIFA. As the only top-level sponsor of FIFA in China, Wanda Group has recruited 384 teenagers from the ages of 12 to 17 years old worldwide to act as FIFA Flag Bearers at every World Cup match.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership with FIFA in May 2016, Wang Jianlin, Chairman of the Wanda Group said: "We are highly motivated to promote football across the country and to inspire a new generation of youngsters. The Chinese Government is committed to this development and as a company we strongly support these efforts."

To learn more about the Wanda Group and its partnership with FIFA, please visit https://www.wanda-group.com/html/special/

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