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Shanghai Through Our Eyes: Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior

By Xing Yi in Shanghai | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-04-22 10:55
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Oscar hopes to be a part of Shanghai's sporting aspirations

Brazilian football player Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior may have already won the 2018 Super League Championship and the 2019 Super Cup Championship during his five years in China, but the attacking midfielder is not quite content with his medal haul.

"I wish I could win more trophies for Shanghai," said Oscar, who joined Shanghai Port Football Club at the end of 2016.

Before arriving in Shanghai, Oscar played for London-based club Chelsea, where he helped the team win several trophies.

The Brazilian was featured in the "Shanghai Through Our Eyes" video series, which comprises 100 short videos produced by Xinmin Evening News to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China this year. The Information Office of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government launched the series on April 8.

In the video, Oscar said that he got to learn more about the Communist Party of China through his teammate Yan Junling.

"On the pitch, he is a great national team player, who is qualified to even play in Europe. Off the pitch, he's a nice person. Ever since I arrived in Shanghai, he has treated me well like an old friend," he said.

"I know this year is the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, and I respect all Party members in our team."

Oscar said he has fallen in love with the metropolis as it has allowed him to make friends from all over the world.

"When I lived in London, my friends were most Brazilian. Here, I have many Chinese friends, Italian friends, and friends from other countries," he said.

As an athlete, Oscar pays much attention to the sports facilities located near where he lives.

"The stadiums here are very good," he said. "I have played football in many stadiums here, including the two of my club, and Hongkou Football Stadium. There are all very modern facilities," he said.

He also talked about the new stadium that Shanghai Port would be building in Pudong.

"I think it will be the most beautiful in China, even in the world," he said.

In line with Shanghai's aspirations to become a famous sporting city, Oscar added that he is eager to help the city promote its footballing culture.

"I have a plan to develop the sports industry here. I want to open a football school, called Oscar Academy, to help children improve their skills and tell them about my football ideas." he said. "It will be a fusion of Brazilian and Chinese football. I'm very excited about my new plan in Shanghai."

Jin Xinyi contributed to this story.

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