Created on 07-05-2013 at 00:00 AM
The Audi Cup is fast becoming an essential fixture in the pre-season programme of the world’s best clubs: this year’s third edition of the Audi Cup features Bayern, Manchester City, AC Milan and FC São Paulo in action at the Allianz Arena on 31 July and 1 August! And tickets are available NOW for this clash of footballing giants.
The inaugural Audi Cup in 2009 was a thriller right to the end, as Bayern ultimately claimed the trophy in a tense 7-6 penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United. In 2011, Barcelona defeated Bayern 2-0 in front of a full house at the Allianz Arena.
Sammer: Perfect pre-season opposition
Naturally, Bayern are keen to reclaim their ‘home’ trophy in the latest edition of the world-class match-up in Munich. Commented FC Bayern board member for sport Matthias Sammer: “AC Milan, Manchester City, FC São Paulo are the kind of opponents you desperately want in pre-season. And Pep Guardiola will be able to see where his team stands a week before the Bundesliga restart on 7 August.“
Manchester City, one of English football’s biggest names and a club rich in history and tradition, will contest the Audi Cup for the first time. City, as the English footballing world invariably calls the club, and their cast of stars including Carlos Tévez, Edin Dzeko, Yaya Touré and keeper Joe Hart are steadily re-establishing themselves at the top table of the game, evidenced by an FA Cup triumph in 2011 and a dramatic last-minute Premier League title success last term.