Sydney FC Embark On A-League's First European Tour

Friday, 12 July 2013 6:30 PM

Sydney FC will become the first Hyundai A-League club to tour Europe after confirming a three-week pre season tour to Italy that includes a match against Alessandro Del Piero’s first professional football club Padova.

The Sky Blues will fly out for Italy on August 2 and will be based in the Adriatic Sea town of Jesolo, one hour outside Venice, for the duration of the camp.

Every member of the Sydney FC first team will take part in the tour, which will include five matches, with marquee star Alessandro Del Piero joining his Sky Blues team mates in Venice.

“This is a very exciting tour for Sydney FC and an excellent opportunity to further enhance our brand recognition in Europe,” said Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow. “The eyes of Italy will be on Sydney FC, the A-League and Australian football with Alessandro returning home.

“Sydney FC is always striving to break new ground for Australian football and the global attention Alessandro has generated for Sydney FC and the A-League will reach another level during the three weeks in Italy.”

New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, added: “As the premier state for major events and sports, I’m delighted that Sydney FC will represent Australia’s global city in Europe. It will be great to see the logo on Sydney FC’s shirts during their tour of Italy.”

The tour also forms an important part of Sydney FC Coach Frank Farina’s pre season campaign as the Sky Blues look to hit the ground running when they face Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League season opener at Allianz Stadium on October 11.

“This tour is fantastic for what we are trying to achieve during pre season,” Farina said.

“Three weeks in Italy gives us a tremendous opportunity to get away with the entire squad and focus on implementing our football style and also allows us some quality matches in a different environment that will test the players.”

The Sydney FC players will return to Australia on August 23 and will be given a one-week break before embarking on the final stages of pre season training on September 2.

Sydney FC would like to thank the Jesolo Council and Edge SRL for their work in making the tour possible.

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