NSW’s Acting Premier Andrew Stoner welcomed the arrival of the English Premier League side Manchester United to Sydney today. Mr. Stoner announced that he is happy to welcome one of the most successful football teams in the world, Manchester United to Sydney.
It has been a long wait for fans in Sydney to watch one of the best football clubs in the world playing in their backyard, a wait of 14 years to be precise. Mr. Stoner mentioned that he joins the entire Australian football community in welcoming them on their arrival in Sydney.
Manchester United is scheduled to play against the A-League All Stars team at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, 20th July. Featuring in the All-Stars team would be the best of the Hyundai A-League, with the players and the support team picked by the fans themselves.
Mr. Stoner added that the demand for tickets has been extremely high with the available options selling out in a record time to fans and those who are a part of the football family.
The credit for the arrival of one of Europe’s & world’s top football clubs to Sydney goes to the NSW Govt. which has been lobbing for the same for a while. The present visitation will be an exclusive event for Sydney, as a part of the NSW Govt.’s commitment to strengthen the events calendar and making sure that it leads in that respect in Australia.
Graham Annesley, Minister for Sports and Recreation mentioned that the fans will have ample opportunities to witness the Manchester United players during their practice session on Friday evening, 19th July at the Allianz Stadium. The day before, team manager David Moyes would be speaking about his transition to one of the most popular and colourful teams in the world.
The Manchester United vs. A-League All-Stars match is one of a series of sporting extravaganzas arranged for fans in Sydney and NSW. Apart from this match three British and Irish Lions tour matches are also scheduled, plus the annual Bledisloe Cup Test on August 17th and two State of Origin matches and finally the Opening Series of Major League Baseball in 2014.
Manchester United is the most successful English football club to-date. They have won 20 Premier League titles, 11 FA cups and 3 European Cups.