One of the most successful football clubs in the world and Italian Serie A giants Juventus will come to Sydney and play a one-off match in the city next year. This was confirmed by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell today.
Mr O’Farrell mentioned that this is another feature in the cap of NSW’s sporting calendar and the match between Juventus and FOXTEL A League All Stars will be one of the highlights of the year.
“Juventus is one of the world’s most famous football clubs and a visit by the ‘Old Lady’ to Sydney has been long hoped for by Australian fans,” mentioned Mr O’Farrell. He also mentioned, “I am delighted the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, in partnership with Football Federation Australia, has been able to secure Juventus for Sydney.”
Mr O’Farrell sounded pleased when he mentioned, “Following the huge success of the sold out All Stars match against Manchester United earlier this year we have worked hard with the FFA to secure Italy’s most-popular club for Sydney.”
The much anticipated match between the current Italian Serie A champions and the A-League All Stars team will be held at the ANZ Stadium on Sunday 10th August, 2014. Mr O’Farrell took the opportunity to welcome all sports loving Australians to come and enjoy the best of world football in Sydney, Australia’s premier sports and major events city.
Juventus has an enviable fan base of more than 250 million spread across the globe including 1.4 million in Australia itself. Current Hyundai A-League superstar Alessandro Del Peiro used to play for Juventus in his hey days.
Juventus is the most successful Italian football club ever. They have won a total of 54 titles encompassing both domestic and international stages which is more than any other Italian clubs till date. With 29 league titles, nine Italian cups, a total of five national super cups (which is another record) and 11 confederation and inter-confederation titles.
The A-League All Stars on the other hand will represent the very best of the A-League. Fans will have the final say when it comes to selection of the players and coaching staff.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events George Souris mentioned while speaking on the occasion that the Juventus – A-League All Stars football match will be a major event for the year and provide a significant boost for the NSW economy.
“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.”
“By hosting this remarkable team, Sydney and NSW will once again be showcased to a worldwide audience. It again confirms our position as Australia’s home of major events – the NSW Government has secured 184 events over the past two and a half years, boosting the State’s economy by about $1.2 billion.”
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton, said: “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 and home of the A-League All Stars.”
Andrea Agnelli, President Juventus FC mentioned that they would be bringing in a full strength squad to Sydney in 2014. He also said, “Juventus has a responsibility to its millions of fans to present our heritage and our qualities in the best way possible.”
Football Federation Australia, CEO, David Gallop said, “The club is delighted to visit such a great city as Sydney and engage with the Australian football community. This will be a night to remember. The confirmation of Juventus as the opponent for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars is another boost to the growing international stature of the Hyundai A-League.
“The All Stars concept is all about presenting the A-League on the world stage and the presence of Juventus FC in Sydney will guarantee huge domestic and international interest. It’s also a great opportunity for A-League players and coaches to test themselves at the highest level.
“Once again we’ll make sure the A-League fans have a big say in the selection of the All Stars, which was such a popular feature of the inaugural All Stars match last year.
Mr Gallop also mentioned that Seven Network has been awarded the free to air broadcast rights of the match. He said, “I’m delighted that Seven Network will again be our partner to take this prestigious match into all Australian homes.”
Tickets for the match will go on sales in an exclusive Football Family Pre-sale Window sometime in January.