The teams for this summer’s Premier League Asia Trophy have this morning been revealed and it features one club who haven’t played in it before.
Those sides named are current league champions Manchester City, West Ham United, Newcastle United and for the first time Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The pre-season tournament is held every two years in Asia across two-days, forming in 2003, is “the only Premier League-affiliated competition” to be hosted outside England.and is taken place every other summer since then in order to avoid conflicting with the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship.
The Premier League Asia Trophy is returning to mainland China this summer 🇨🇳 @WestHamUtd, @Wolves, @ManCity and @NUFC will compete in the biennial tournament with matches taking place in both Nanjing and Shanghai #PLAsiaTrophy
— Premier League (@premierleague) 26 March 2019
Premier League Interim Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We are delighted to be bringing the Premier League Asia Trophy to China this summer and playing in both Nanjing and Shanghai will be an exciting experience for the League and our clubs.
“The fans in Asia always offer us an extremely warm welcome and terrific support, and we look forward to seeing them in July.
“In Manchester City we have the reigning Premier League champions competing for the trophy, along with three other excellent clubs in Newcastle United, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“I have no doubt the fans can expect some competitive and thrilling Premier League action.”
The matches will be held across the 17th of July and 20th of July. The stadiums will be Hongkou Football Stadium and Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.
It will be Manchester City’s third appearance, having won the trophy in 2013 and finish third. Newcastle last took part back in 2003 and finished runner up. West Ham participated in 2009 and finished third.
Previous winners since 2003 are Chelsea, Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Fans of each club have taken to their side’s social media to give their reaction on being included – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.
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