Sunday, April 23, 2006

Juventus offers "friendly" price game to Vietnam

Leading Italian football club Juventus has offered to play a friendly game in Vietnam at a “friendly” price during its Asian tour next month, a sports marketing company told Lan Phuong of the Vietnam national youth paper, Thanh Nien. Strata Sports Marketing said the Vietnam Football Federation was yet to reply but if the deal was successful, Juventus would play a Vietnamese national team in Hanoi.

Strata was marketing partner of the Vietnam Football Federation until 2002 and continued to directly sponsor First Division club Strata Dong Nai until this current season. It has also been the marketing agent for the All Indian Football Federation.

As part of a tour also to Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore, the game is intended to be played either on 22 May or 24 May at the My Dinh national stadium in Hanoi where Juventus last played in 1995.

Juventus is expected to bring its stars like Adrian Mutu, Zonathan Zebina, Marcelo Zalayeta, Christian Abbiati, Gianluca Pessotto, Olivier Kapo, Alessio Tacchinardi and others. Strata executive Mae Mua has reportedly agreed to work with the Vietnam Football Federation "to scratch up a team for a one-off match".

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