Thursday, June 19, 2008
ENGLISH Premier League club Chelsea will field their best 11 under new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari (pic) against a Malaysian selection at Shah Alam Stadium on July 29.
Proevents International Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Julian Kam however did not want to disclose the Blues squad as they might be signing another player in preparation for the new season which kicks off on Aug 16.
"But I can assure fans, not only in Malaysia but also from Asean that Chelsea will bring their best players and also their new team manager, Scolari," said Kam in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Earlier, Kam announced that Samsung Malaysia is the title sponsor for the Samsung-Chelsea Asian Tour 2008 -- Malaysia. Proevents is the exclusive promoter for the tour.
He said the tour will kick off in Guangzhou, China on July 23 before moving to Macau on July 26. "The team will arrive in Malaysia on July 27 and will have a tight schedule including handling coaching clinics, charitable events and autograph sessions before meeting the Malaysian Selection at 8.45pm at the Shah Alam Stadium." he said.
Kam said tickets for the match, which go on sale today, are priced RM33, RM53, RM83 and RM103 while limited VIP tickets cost RM303 each.
Fans can purchase tickets from TicketPro sales outlets and 33 Adidas outlets nationwide or book online through ticketpro.com.my.
The 2008 Tour marks Chelsea's third trip to Malaysia, the first being the 1999 Tour before taking part in the FA Premier League Asia Cup championship in 2003, together with Birmingham City and Newcastle.
Scolari was the team manager of the Brazil World Cup squad which had a one-week training stint in Kuala Lumpur before winning the 2002 World Cup.
Meanwhile, FA of Malaysia general secretary Lt Jen (Rtd) Datuk Azzudin Ahmad said the national squad would begin centralised training at Wisma FAM on July 5 before leaving for China on July 11 for a friendly with the republic's Olympic squad.
The national squad will return on July 14 to prepare for the showdown against "The Blues".