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Your Favourite Football Teams are Playing in Asia this Summer

By Doris Lam 16 July 2019
Header image courtesy of Manchester City
Football fans get ready—the traditional pre-season Asia tour is starting next week. While the star of the show is undoubtedly Manchester City’s match in Hong Kong later this month, plenty of other football teams are also travelling through Asia for a good game. From Manchester United’s match with Inter Milan in Singapore, to Juventus’s games in Singapore, Nanjing and Seoul, here are our favourite footie teams playing in Asia this summer. 

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Photo courtesy of Manchester City

Manchester City

Kicking off in Nanjing, China, Premier League champions Manchester City will be playing against West Ham United in the Premier League Asia Trophy open on July 17 at 8.30pm (HKT).  Afterwards, depending on the results in the opening game, City will be headed to Shanghai for the PL Asia Trophy final or play-off on July 20 at Shanghai’s Hongkou Football Station. The tour will then move to Hong Kong to take on our city’s own Kitchee Sports Club on July 24 at Hong Kong Stadium for the “Jockey Club Kitchee Centre Cup” at 8pm (HKT). Over 10,000 tickets have already been sold for this highly-anticipated match, with tickets priced between HK$350–HK$1,190. The Asia tour will be wrapped up in Japan where City will play Yokohama F Marinos at the Nissan Stadium at 6.30pm (HKT) on July 27. Get your tickets here

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Manchester United 

Manchester United will be playing against Italian football club, Inter Milan at the National Stadium Singapore on 20 July at 7.30pm (HKT), followed by a trip to Shanghai on 25 July to take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai at 7.30pm (HKT).
Photo courtesy of Juventus


Italian football club Juventus will be playing in Singapore against Tottenham Hotspur this summer. On 21 July at 2019 at 7.30pm (HKT),  the teams will compete for the International Champions Cup Singapore. Dominating the Italian football game, Juventus is the first Italian team to have won four consecutive Serie A and Coppa Italia competitions. 

The team will be travelling to Nanjing to face Inter Milan on the 24 July at 7.30pm (HKT) and Seoul to play South Korea’s K League 1 at 7.30pm (HKT). 

Photo courtesy of Barcelona


Barcelona will be playing against Chelsea on 23 July at 6.30pm (HKT) at Tokyo’s Saitama Stadium, followed by a match with Vissel Kobe on July 27. While Barcelona announced on Twitter last year that they will be playing in China for Asian Champions League 2019, details have not yet been released. 
Photo courtesy of Chelsea


Chelsea will be facing Kawasaki Frontale, a J1 League team in the south of Tokyo as part of the J. League World Challenge on the 19 July at 5pm (HKT), followed by a friendly match with Barcelona at Tokyo’s Saitama Stadium on 23 July at 6.30pm (HKT).

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Doris Lam


Doris Lam is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Hong Kong. Her work has been published on Localiiz, HuffPost, Vice, Time Out, Hong Kong Tatler, and more. While she wishes that she’ll become a hiker gal one day, you’re probably most likely to find her slurping up bowls of ramen or enthusiastically petting chihuahuas on the street. Follow her on her website.