Club to return Down Under
19 December 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
• Club returning to Australia to participate in International Champions Cup
• Mauricio Pochettino's side to take on Juventus at the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground
• Our second opponents will be unveiled by tournament organisers in February
• Visit comes off the back of highly successful post-season tour to Sydney last summer
• Players looking forward to engaging with active and growing fanbase in the region
We are delighted to announce that we shall be returning to Australia in July, 2016, to compete in the International Champions Cup.
The tournament will see us travel to Melbourne where we will play at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, the largest sports stadium in the Southern Hemisphere.
We face reigning Serie A champions Juventus in our first game on Tuesday, July 26, before taking on a second European side on Friday, July 29, with the opposition set to be revealed by organisers in February. Both fixtures will kick off at 8.00pm local time (11.00am UK time).
The competition's opening match between Juventus and A-League champions Melbourne Victory will take place on Saturday, July 23, kick off 7pm (10.00am UK time).
The visit is the Club’s fourth to Australia, following previous trips in 1976 and 1985, as well as May's post-season tour, which was a huge success on and off the pitch. Over 71,000 fans packed into the ANZ Stadium to see our victory against Sydney FC and the tour went on to be named 'Best Event' at 'Australia's Favourite Event' Awards last month.
Our fan base is well established in Australia with a total of eight supporters clubs - Adelaide Spurs, Brisbane Spurs, Newcastle Spurs, Melbourne Spurs, Gold Coast Spurs, Perth Spurs, Sydney Spurs and Wollongong Spurs.
As always, the Club is proud to offer supporters a wide range of hugely popular events during our stay in Melbourne including autograph signing opportunities with players, supporter evenings with Club legends and football coaching courses.
During our last trip to Australia, our Global Coaching team worked in partnership with Special Olympics to deliver coaching clinics to help educate local coaches on Tottenham Hotspur training methods that will then be shared with athletes, while members of our First Team also visited Sydney Children's Hospital and we look forward to undertaking similar initiatives while we are in Melbourne.
Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino said: "We are excited to be returning to Australia after sharing such great memories from our trip to Sydney last summer. We were all amazed at the level of support our club has on the other side of the world and to see more than 70,000 fans watch us play against Sydney FC was a great experience for everyone.
"We look forward to returning in July and giving more of our fans the opportunity to see the team play up close as we prepare for another hugely competitive season. We also look forward to thanking our Australian fans for their support throughout the season despite the huge time difference.
"We know this is a competitive tournament and we hope to put on a good show for all our supporters in both matches."
The International Champions Cup is a global club competition that has been played annually in the United States since 2013, featuring clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and AC Milan.
In 2015, the competition expanded to China and Australia, with the inaugural Melbourne version being won by Real Madrid and AC Milan finishing as runners-up.
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