Fans of Juventus will be able to catch them in action against Singapore at the all-new Sports Hub in August. (Photo by LaPresse)
After a record breaking season, Juventus, the most successful Italian football club in history, will bring their classic and attacking style to Singapore on August 16 to play a Singapore Selection side made up of the Lions and foreign stars from the S.League at the country's new National Stadium located at the Singapore Sports Hub.
Organisers confirmed the match will go ahead after Antonio Conte's in form men ended their campaign by recording their 33rd win of the season – and 19th out of 19 at home - at the weekend. They beat Cagliari (3 - 0) to finish the year with 102 points which is a new league record. The previous record of 97 was set by Inter Milan in 2007.
Midfield genius Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon, their inspirational captain and legendary goalkeeper, will both make the trip to the "Lion City" after representing Italy in the World Cup in June/July.
A full strength squad, who helped Juventus win their third successive Serie A title, will compete in Singapore including Argentinean Carlos Tevez and Italy's indomitable centre back Giorgio Chiellini, who has also been selected for Italy’s World Cup squad.
"Juventus is thrilled to be heading to Singapore, a place we have heard many great things about!" said Francesco Calvo, Commercial Director from Juventus.
Juventus have been crowned winners' of the league, also known as the 'Scudetto', a total of 32 times and triumphed in the UEFA Champions League in 1985 and 1996.
"What a treat this will be for local football fans following Singapore’s derby against auld rivals Malaysia the week before, on Aug 8. This is also a great opportunity for our Singapore Select team featuring our Lions and foreign stars from the S.League to play the current Serie A champions and their world-class players. We always relish the challenge of playing against some of the best players in the world and our team will be training hard to put in a good display in front of an anticipated huge crowd," said FAS spokesman Gerard Wong.
Juventus has a world-wide fan base of 250 million, a figure which is not surprising when you consider they have boasted players like Italian Alessandro Del Piero, Roberto Baggio, and Fabio Cannavaro and Frenchmen Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini.
World Sport Group (WSG), Asia's leading sports marketing agency specialising in sports sponsorship, sports content and sports event management, is the event promoter.
The Juventus game will be part of a wealth of world class events that are helping to unveil Singapore's new National Stadium - part of the US$1.3 billion Sports Hub project. The 35 hectare site will feature cutting-edge design at an inspirational location.
Tickets will go on sale from Tuesday 27 May with big incentives for early birds as well as for teams of football fans who buy tickets together.
They will be available at Sports Hub Tix and ranging in price from S$45 to S$180 for adults and S$30 to S$45 for children.
Early birds will receive a 10% discount on tickets – but this offer will only last for as long as Italy remains in the running for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July.
There is also an offer for ”teams” of fans who will have the chance to win exclusive access to a Juventus training session by purchasing 11 tickets at one time.