Monday, July 21, 2008

Samba Football Makes its Way to Singapore

The Football Association of Singapore, international promoter, Match World and local promoters; Total Sport & Entertainment and Kawan Creative International announced today that they will be hosting the Brazilian Olympic football team in Singapore. The team featuring some of the biggest names is football such as Ronaldinho, Robinho, Alexandre Pato, Diego and Lucas will play a Singapore team at the National Stadium on July 28.

The trip to Singapore is part of the Brazilian team's two-stop acclimatisation camp before they head to Beijing to vie for their first Olympic gold medal. The team will arrive in Singapore on July 23 and proceed to Vietnam for their second game on July 29 before heading to the Chinese capital.

Speaking to reporters at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore, President of Matchworld Football SA, Mr Sidi M. Airouss said, "The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) approached me to arrange for the team to play two games before the Olympics and we had offers from Europe and Asia. Singapore is an obvious choice due to its great infrastructure, similar weather conditions and time zone. The Football Association of Singapore has proven more than capable of hosting international events and its football is on the rise."

Mr Winston Lee, General Secretary of Football Association of Singapore commented on his delight to host the Brazilian team, "We are pleased to host and play a team of such calibre in Singapore. This will be a great experience for our fans and good exposure for our players."

Organisers are expecting a sell-out crowd at the National Stadium. Tickets for the match go on sale from Tuesday, July 22 at all Sistic outlets with prices starting from $60 for gallery seats while Grandstand tickets are available at $120. Two thousand tickets priced at $15 are also available for students under the age of 16 years old. Student passes must be produced at the time of purchase. Details and availability for corporate hospitality suites will be announced at a later date.

FIFA agent, Jeremy Lim, General Manager of Total Sport & Entertainment looks forward to bringing more quality football action to Singapore, "This is a coup for the local sports industry. This is the first time Singapore is hosting a top ten FIFA-ranked team and it is not every day that Singaporeans have the opportunity to get up close to a squad consisting of some of the world's most talented footballers. It is an experience not to be missed for the public and for sponsors who are seeking to associate themselves to one of the biggest names in football."

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