Friday 12 July 2013
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Barclays Premier League player David Ginola has been appointed the Barclays ambassador for the 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy this month.
Ginola, who made 195 Barclays Premier League appearances with four different clubs during a glittering career, will offer insight and expert opinion on the tournament. This year’s event kicks off on Wednesday 24 July when Tottenham Hotspur play Sunderland at the Hong Kong Stadium.
The Frenchman will also be meeting beneficiaries from the Barclays Spaces for Sports programme, which was launched in 2011, to assist disadvantaged young people in Hong Kong to develop key life skills and ensure a lasting legacy through sport-based learning opportunities.
"This year’s Barclays Asia Trophy is set to be the most thrilling and fiercely contested Trophy yet"
As well as Spurs and Sunderland the 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy will also feature Manchester City and South China, the 2012/13 champions of the Hong Kong First Division League, and the former France international is looking forward to seeing the talent on show.
“This year’s Barclays Asia Trophy is set to be the most thrilling and fiercely contested Trophy yet and I am delighted to have been invited to represent Barclays at the tournament,” he said. “The Barclays Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and some of the best players in the world will be on show during the tournament.”
“As a football fan I am eager to see how Manchester City, Tottenham and Sunderland prepare for the upcoming season and I have no doubt that all three will be desperate to lift the trophy as part of their pre-season preparations.”
Ginola, who played 100 times for Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League, also believes that the visiting players will all be looking forward to their trips to Hong Kong.
“Pre-season preparations have changed a lot since I was a player and my former team-mates and I would have really enjoyed playing in a tournament like the Barclays Asia Trophy,” he said. “It is a great way to meet and thank the Barclays Premier League fans in Asia.
“I was very privileged to have travelled to many countries across the world as a player and I always look forward to playing in Asia due to the passion and excitement of the fans, but new countries bring new conditions and the English clubs will have to adapt to these different playing conditions.
“After winning the Hong Kong league title last year South China will be full of confidence and they’ll be looking forward to taking on the three Barclays Premier League teams and I expect them to be very tough opponents.”
A limited number of tickets are still available for semi-finals day and can be bought here.