‘Vibrant, exciting, fantastic’: Manchester City confirm place in Barclays Asia Trophy to launch pre-season

By Dean Wilkins

Globetrotters Manchester City are set to visit Southeast Asia for back-to-back summers after confirming their second adventure in the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013.

The Premier League champions finished third in their first appearance eight years, and will join Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and South China FC in Hong Kong.

The only Premier League-affiliated competition held outside of the UK has been held six times and will provide the perfect platform for mastermind tactician Roberto Mancini to tweak his squad before next season.

“The Barclays Asia Trophy will be a fantastic challenge for Manchester City,” said the hero boss.

“It gives us the opportunity to showcase the club’s footballing talent to our supporters in Hong Kong, which is such a vibrant venue to host a high quality tournament like this.”

The knockout competition is set to take place from July 24 to 27 and they hope to avenge their penalty loss to Bolton in 2005.

Holders Chelsea will not be able to defend their title but Premier League Chief Exectuive Richard Scudamore is eager for different teams to take part in the tournament.

“We are hugely excited at the Premier League to be bringing the Barclays Asia Trophy back to Hong Kong for a third time,” he said.

“The 2011 tournament was without doubt our most successful to date and the atmosphere inside the Hong Kong Stadium on both nights was particularly memorable.

“They are clubs of outstanding pedigree and history who represent the best of the Barclays Premier League: they have some of the world’s best footballers, they are winners and they also have many fans in Hong Kong that they are looking forward to entertaining.” 

Ticketing and travel information for Hong Kong and UK based fans will be announced towards the end of the Barclays Premier League season via the HKFA and

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