Juventus Football Club is delighted to confirm its participation in an exciting exhibition match to be played in the Australian city of Sydney next summer.
On Sunday 10 August 2014, Antonio Conte’s men will take on the A-League All Stars, a team comprised of the best players plying their trade in Australia’s top flight.
The fixture will represent an ideal opportunity to engage with the one million Juventus supporters residing Down Under whilst sampling the growing popularity of the Australian game at first hand.
One figure who knows all about the country’s sporting heritage is the Bianconeri’s all-time record goalscorer, Alessandro Del Piero, currently in his second season with Sydney FC.
Announcing the fixture, New South Wales Premier, Barry O’Farrell, began: “This is an historic visit by Juventus to Sydney and I encourage sports fans from across Australia to come and enjoy the best of world football in Sydney.”
The country’s football followers were treated to the visit of reigning English champions Manchester United last summer and George Souris, Minister of Tourism and Major Events, assures there will be an equally warm reception when Juventus roll into town.
Souris said: “Juventus will experience the same welcome that football fans offered Manchester United during their visit in July this year, which saw a sold out crowd of more than 83,000 descend on ANZ Stadium”
Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta spoke of the excitement felt by the club at the prospect of playing in front of an eager following on the other side of the world.
Marotta added: "We are really excited and looking forward to bringing our team to Australia. The club is delighted to visit a city as great as Sydney and engage with the Australian football community.”
And the enthusiasm is also reciprocated by the officials who will be hosting the Bianconeri when they make the 10,350-mile trip across the globe.
Football Federation Australia CEO, David Gallop, said: “The confirmation of Juventus as the opponent for the A-League All Stars was another boost to the league’s growing stature. Their presence in Sydney will guarantee huge domestic and international interest.”
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton, concluded: "NSW plays host to some of the most exciting sporting fixtures and they don’t get any bigger than a match featuring Juventus. This game will not only be thrilling to watch but is important in positioning Sydney as the home of football in Australia.”