PERTH GLORY vs CHELSEA FC – Australia – July 2018

English Premier League club Chelsea will take on Perth Glory at Perth Stadium in 2018.

Current Premier League leaders Chelsea will return to Australian shores in 2018 after the Western Australian Government announced the news that they will take on Perth Glory at the new Perth Stadium.

The match date has yet to be confirmed though it is expected to take place in either July or August of 2018 and will know doubt be the hottest ticket in town as the event will no doubt attract a sell-out crowd of 65,000 at Perth’s new stadium. and will be the only match Chelsea will play on their trip down under.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for Chelsea to play in front of some of our most passionate supporters,” said Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck.

Chelsea also won’t just be flying in and out for the event, a deal struck with Tourism WA will see the club providing other activities such as open training sessions and grassroots training clinics.

While it may be easy to predict the winner of the match – the real winner will be Perth and WA, again putting Perth in world’s spotlight.

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ARSENAL vs CHELSEA – China – July 22th 2017

We will play Chelsea in a pre-season friendly at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing this summer.Our first meeting with our London rivals outside the UK will take place on Saturday, July 22.This will be our second trip to Beijing and our third visit to China in recent years – we faced Manchester City at the Bird’s Nest in 2012 and Hangzhou Greentown in 2011.* Please be aware this is not our full and final pre-season schedule. We are still working on other games which will be announced in due course.

Chelsea will play Arsenal in a London derby with a difference at China’s national stadium this summer.

This announcement comes just hours before the Gunners visit Stamford Bridge as we seek to extend our lead at the top of the Premier League table.

This summer we will visit Asia to prepare for the 2017/18 campaign and play Arsenal on 22 July at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium. This will be the first time the two sides have met outside the British Isles.

We last faced Arsenal outside London in the 2007 League Cup final in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, when Theo Walcott’s opener was cancelled out by a Didier Drogba brace to win the game for the Blues.

The Bird’s Nest, which opened for the 2008 Olympics, has a capacity of 80,000 and we are looking forward to an incredible atmosphere.

It will be our first visit to mainland China since that Olympic summer of 2008, when we won matches in Guanghzou and Macau. We also lifted the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong in 2011.

Antonio Conte said: ‘In this moment we are focused on winning a very important game against Arsenal in the league but we are happy to be travelling to China for another exciting match in the summer.

‘I have seen already the passion our supporters have for Chelsea here in England and last summer in America, and I believe our fans in China will show the same intensity when we are in Beijing.’

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck added: ‘We’re thrilled to be announcing this match in China against one of our biggest London rivals.

‘It will be an important step in helping Antonio and his staff ready the team for next season, and we hope it will provide some reward for our Chinese fans who show huge commitment all year round to support Chelsea.’

The match will be screened live on and Chelsea TV, with Ticket News to follow soon.

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CHINA CUP – January 2017

Soccer’s first China Cup is just six months away. The Chinese real estate and entertainment giant Wanda Group on Wednesday announced it will host the first-ever ” ‘China Cup’ International Football Tournament” in January 2017.

Wanda Group to kick off 1st China Cup in 2017

Wanda Group to kick off 1st China Cup in 2017

Some people have said the “China Cup” could launch a rival to the Uefa Champions League, the annual football competition contested by top-division European clubs. The move is also hoped to help raise the quality of both international and Chinese football “to the next level”.

Wanda Group led by China’s richest man Wang Jianlin has scored again.

At a signing ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday, the company announced that its Wanda Sports Holdings and the Chinese Football Association will host the first-ever ” ‘China Cup’ International Football Tournament”.

The 2017 games will be held in the southern Chinese autonomous region of Guangxi, in Nanning city, from January 9th to the 16th.

China and the three first-class national teams from Europe and the Americas will play four games, aiming to offer fans a glimpse of international soccer’s top leagues.

“I can assure you that the Tournament will be the top football game in Asia, better even than the Asian Cup. The best teams of the Asian Cup are South Korea, Japan, Iran and Australia. We will invite more competitive teams,” said Wang Jianlin, chairman of Wanda Group.

It comes after Wanda Group last year acquired a 20% stake in the Atlético Madrid football club, apart from signing a deal with world football governing body Fifa to sponsor their next foru World Cups.

The “China Cup” is the first international soccer competition to land in China and is a FIFA-approved international A-level tournament. It is capable of earning FIFA points for global rankings.

As the host country, China will automatically qualify to enter its national team in the tournament, and therefore gets the opportunity to climb up FIFA ranks.

The China Cup will be held annually, initially featuring competition between four teams and gradually building up to eight teams.

Wang said,”I hope the China Cup will provide training ground for the national football team and promote the development of the sport of football in China. The national football team represents the level of a country’s football sport.”

The first China Cup comes as China’s national team prepares to compete for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Chinese groups have spent billions of dollars acquiring stakes in European football clubs and sports companies in recent years. The buying spree was sparked by the government’s plan to transform football-mad China into a “great sports nation” capable of even winning a World Cup.”

It also means that Chinese fans won’t have to go overseas or watch games in the early morning hours to enjoy international top-level competitions.

Sidi M. Airouss (UFM) is the exclusive FIFA match agent of Wanda sport holding for the China Cup International Football Tournament.

Soccer’s first China Cup is just six months away. The Chinese real estate and entertainment giant Wanda Group on Wednesday announced it will host the first-ever ” ‘China Cup’ International Football Tournament” in January 2017.

China 0 – 2 Island

Chile 1 – 1 Croatia (4 -1 P)

China 1 – 1 Croatia (4 – 3 P)

Final: Island 0 – 1 Chile

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Kerin Cup Tournament 2016 venue in Nagoya June 3rd and in Osaka June the 7th, The  National participant teams: Japan –   Bulgaria – Bosnia – Denmark

SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) face Bulgaria in their first match, while Bosnia Herzegovina play against Denmark in the other fixture. Following the results, the final will be played between winners on Tuesday 7. And the third-place match will be held between the teams who lost.

TASHIMA Kohzo, President of Japan Football Association

The KIRIN CUP SOCCER takes place after five years of interval, and talking about the history of the tournament, it began in 1978 as the Japan Cup. I also played the Japan Cup in 1980. Since then, Kirin Group has supported the tournament for many years.

When I was active as a player, there were really limited opportunities to play against clubs or national teams around the world. This tournament meant a lot for the development of Japan National Team at that time. With the history in mind, we would like to express our gratitude to Kirin Group as well as are confident the tournament taking place after five years with three great teams will help the national team develop.

Vahid HALILHODZIC, Coach of SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team)

The tournament is going to be very important for us. I would like to thank Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. and Kirin Beverage Co., Ltd. for their support in holding the tournament. I believe we couldn’t invite such strong teams without the support.

It’s going to be a big test for SAMURAI BLUE. The three invited countries are the ones we may face in the World Cup. They’ve got experience and are European powerhouses, but we are going to try to win two of them and finish the tournament victoriously. And I hope we can bring our fans happiness. The three teams have a different playing style – the powerful team, skilled team and the team having both. We will analyse them and get well ready for the tournament.

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Well, that was a frantic end to a game which felt like a friendly but had its moments all the same. Sydney will be disappointed they didn’t get a goal; they certainly had enough chances. But they’ll be pleased to have stayed with the Premier League champions even if Chelsea didn’t approach the game with their usual squinty-eyed steel.

You can question the worth, in footballing terms, of post-season tours like this, but then it’s not about the football really is it? Almost 84,000 turned up to watch so it will have been worth it for Chelsea. Still, they must be wondering —as will Sydney— when their season will finally end.

Oh, the managers have swapped puffer jackets, presumably at the request of Arnold. A friendly end to a friendly match.

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