Soccer

Utd add Japan date to tour

2013-02-05 12:04
Manchester United (File)

Tokyo - Manchester United announced on Tuesday they will visit Japan as part of their pre-season tour of Asia, giving a chance for Japanese attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa to dazzle his home fans.

The Premier League giants will face J-League outfit Yokohama F. Marinos on July 23 in their first game on Japanese turf for five years.

"Manchester United has great memories of playing in Japan and our game against the Yokohama F. Marinos will play an important part of our pre-season preparations," said United chief executive David Gill in a statement.

"The Nissan Stadium (in Yokohama) is one of the best in the world and Manchester United has a connection with it, having become the first English team to win the FIFA Club World Cup there (in 2008) ."

The president of the Marinos, Akira Kaetsu, said the team was honoured to play against United, currently top of the Premier League.

"We will show our best performance during the 2013 season so that on July 23, as a team that represents Japan, we can make a great impact on the soccer fans of the world," he said.

Kagawa, one of the star names in the Japanese national side, signed for United last year in a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund and is keenly followed by Japan's media.

Japan is the third stop announced on United's pre-season tour, aimed at cashing in on the club's legions of fans across Asia. They will play in Australia on July 20 and in Hong Kong on July 29.

Read more on:    manchester united  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 

Pedal power to hit Kouga this May

Hundreds of adrenaline junkies will descend on Kouga this May for the annual action-packed MySpar Mountain Bike Classic.

 
 

Outdoor

Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!
The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?
 
 
/News
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.