Manchester United set to join Chelsea stars in Bangkok
February 09, 2013 00:00 By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
Thai soccer fans have a double treat in store in July, when Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are expected to be in Bangkok for exhibition matches against local teams.
Chelsea on Thursday confirmed their seven-day Thai trip, from July 12 to 18, culminating in a game against a Thailand All Star XI on July 17 for the Singha Cup.
Meanwhile, current Premier League leaders Manchester United will be in the capital from July 11 to 13, said Singha Corp’s Sports Marketing director Jaturon Himathongkom.
“This will be the first time two English Premier teams visit Bangkok at the same time,” said Jaturon, who added that United’s full schedule for the Thailand trip would be announced in the coming weeks.
The Red Devils Bangkok visit is part of a global partnership signed with Singha last week at Old Trafford. Thailand will be the team’s first stop, then Australia (July 20), Japan (July 23) and Hong Kong (July 29).
Chelsea will engage in several activities during their week-long trip, including a soccer clinic at Bangkok’s Super Kick stadium, charity work and a sightseeing cruise along the Chaopraya River.
“They will train in more than one stadium, with some sessions open to the public. They will also visit Siriraj Hospital to offer their well-wishes to His Majesty the King,’’ said Jaturon.
Some 100 rooms at Bangkok’s Shangri-La Hotel are already reserved for some 60 players and staff, with Jaturon confirming that first-team players are expected to make the trip “unless they are committed to big games or are injured”.
Jaturon dangled another enticing prospect for local fans, saying that Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs could be visiting Thailand in the near future thanks to Singha’s alliance with their sponsor, Carlsberg.
Meanwhile, the tickets are expected to be available for sale in March with the price tentatively ranging from Bt500 to Bt3,000.