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Manchester City Pre-season Tour 2016

Manchester City Pre-season Tour 2016

City will play United as part of ICC China in July 2016 in the first ever Manchester derby to take place outside the United Kingdom.

City continue to grow their profile in China through a number of initiatives. The Club recently announced a partnership with a China Media Capital-led consortium, which owns a minority shareholding in the Club’s parent company, City Football Group.

Omar Berrada, Group Commercial Director of City Football Group, said: "Everyone at Manchester City is delighted to be taking part once again in the ICC and there is a great line-up of matches.

"We are excited to return to China and to the Bird’s Nest for what promises to be a memorable tournament.

"I’m sure our fans will create an incredible atmosphere in the Bird’s Nest and in Shenzhen and we are looking forward to connecting with them both on and off the pitch.

"We are committed to having a long-term presence in China and to developing football across the country. We know our visit in July will form a big part of our continued growth."

City visited China as part of their pre-season tour in 2012.

Relevent Sports, Catalyst Media Group, and LeSports revealed the planned line-up and match schedule on Wednesday, along with fans, legends and executives at a launch event at the Bird's Nest.

Patrick Murphy, CEO of Catalyst Media Group said, “This year we will deliver three huge clubs each offering star-power, three modern venues in three first-tier cities, and a three-match schedule highlighted by a Manchester derby that that will be the talk of the nation and a topic of conversation all around the world. 

"Starting from today, with the attendance of legends and executives here in Beijing, our participating clubs are determined to put on a true show for China.

"China’s ambition to elevate its status in world football is key for the sport globally. Via the ICC China, top international clubs are committed to contributing, through credible, regular and meaningful engagement in-market.”

City's International Champions Cup China 2016 schedule:

Manchester City v Manchester United

25 July 2016, Beijing, 8pm (local time)

Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City

28 July 2016, Shenzhen, 8pm (local time)

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