october, 2020

24oct4:00 pm6:00 pmEmergence of a Football Nation: Observations of Football Development in China


Event Details

Where: Glam, 7/F, No.5 The Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, Shanghai
When: 4-6pm, Saturday, 24th October

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Since 2015, China has invested tremendous resources to realize the dream of becoming a strong football nation. Leading western football clubs see this as a great opportunity, both to help China out and to build their brand in the huge market. Among them, German Bundesliga (professional association of football league in Germany) club Borussia Mönchengladbach, with its world-famous youth development system, has arrived in Shanghai to help train future footballers in this country.


Martin Thiess, General Manager China for Borussia Mönchengladbach, will tell the story of how a very traditional German football club decided to take up the challenge of coming to China, supporting local football development, and growing its brandname against competition from other big-name clubs, as well as his own observation of  China’s football potential. 


Martin Thiess is General Manager China for Borussia Mönchengladbach since September 2017. In 2018, the club opened its China office in Shanghai, officially starting local operations.  


Martin Thiess holds a diploma in East-Asian Studies, majoring in Chinese economy and politics. He has had more than 9 years’ professional experience in managing business between China and Germany, previously holding positions at German OEM MAN Truck & Bus and Chinese SOE CRRC Group.


(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)