Hong Kong Stadium

Sunderland set for Barclays Asia Trophy

by Stuart Vose

Black Cats to travel to Hong Kong this summer.

Sunderland will head to Hong Kong this summer to take part in the prestigious Barclays Asia Trophy.

The Black Cats will join Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and South China FC at the tournament, which will take place in late July.

The Barclays Asia Trophy is a biennial event and the only Premier League-affiliated competition to take place outside of England.

All games will take place at the 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium on two match days – Wednesday 24th and Saturday 27th July.

Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said: “We are hugely excited to be bringing the Barclays Asia Trophy back to Hong Kong for a third time.

“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.”

Chelsea are the current holders of the competition, having beaten Aston Villa 2-0 in the 2011 final.

Sunderland’s involvement will see Martin O’Neill’s side head to the Far East for the second successive year after 2012’s involvement in the Peace Cup in South Korea.

Ticketing and other information will be released to supporters as and when it becomes available.