Monday 24 June 2013
Today marks 30 days until the 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy starts in Hong Kong. The Barclays Asia Trophy is the only Premier League-affiliated competition to be held outside England and this year the level of football on offer is expected to be greater than ever.
The line-up features Manchester City, the Barclays Premier League champions of 2011/12 and runners-up last season, Tottenham Hotspur, who got the highest-ever points total for a side finishing fifth in 2012/13, a Sunderland team revived by the arrival of head coach Polo Di Canio and South China, the most decorated club in Hong Kong.
The BAT offers many fans the first chance to see the clubs in action in preparation for the new Barclays Premier League season and the competitive element of the event, with Spurs and Sunderland facing each other in one semi-final and Manchester City and South China in the other, adds to the excitement.
Will Spurs captain Michael Dawson emulate Robbie Keane, who lifted the Barclays Asia Trophy for Spurs in Beijing in 2009? Success for Spurs will also mark a second consecutive triumph for Andre Villas-Boas, their head coach, after his Chelsea side won the tournament in Hong Kong two years ago. Or will new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellgrini experience his first silverware?
The tournament will also give the competing sides a chance to try out their new signings and for fans they might have the chance to witness these players making their debuts or scoring their first goals for their clubs. City have brought in two exciting additions in Brazil midfielder Fernandinho and Spain winger Jesus Navas, while Sunderland have signed four players so far: Cabral, Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge and young Swedish winger David Moberg Karlsson.
With four weeks until the tournament starts, more arrivals are likely before the squads depart for Hong Kong.
Matchday tickets are still available for semi-finals day on 24 July but are selling fast, with seats in only two categories yet to be sold out. Those who buy tickets will get to see two matches, with Tottenham Hotspur facing Sunderland in a repeat of the final match of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season, when a tense game was decided in the final minute in spectacular fashion by Spurs' Gareth Bale. This will be followed by Manchester City, one of the favourites for the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League title, taking on South China, the Hong Kong champions.
To see that winning goal and other action to whet the appetite ahead of next month's tournament watch the video above (web users only).
||24 July||27 July|
|Category A||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT
|Category B||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|Category C||$300 (£25)||SOLD OUT|
|Category D||$250 (£21)||SOLD OUT|
|Students & Senior Citizens
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Tickets for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 are available to purchase in Hong Kong via Cityline, the official ticketing agency of the Barclays Asia Trophy, through the following sources:
Tickets sold are per match day and each daily ticket gains the purchaser entrance to both matches on that day. Over two thirds of match tickets have gone on sale to the public, with fans snapping up the affordable tickets in exceptional numbers.
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland, kick-off 6pm (11am BST)
Manchester City v South China, kick-off 8.30pm (1.30pm BST)
Saturday 27 July 2013
Third-place play-off, kick-off 6pm (11am BST)
Final, kick-off 8.30pm (1.30pm BST)