Updated: January 2, 2020 5:11:02 PM
East Bengal is in talks with European giants Liverpool, Bayern Munich and PSG, among others, for an exhibition match as part of the centenary celebrations at Salt Lake Stadium in 2021.
In November 2019, a four-man delegation from Manchester United met with Kolkata club leaders and visited Salt Lake Stadium. However, sources close to East Bengal have also revealed that discussions are also underway with Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
“We discussed with the Liverpool football team and Bayern Munich. PSG also showed interest. After all, it’s our centenary celebration and we want to give our fans a game to remember, ”said an officer, on condition of anonymity.
“The pre-season tour of all three teams in Asia will take place between June and July 2020, so we can expect them to visit India and play a game in Calcutta,” said the official.
Asked if the first team from Liverpool and Bayern will come to play, the official said: “Of course. East Bengal is not a small club and they will play with the whole team.”
But the humid weather in July could be a problem for European stars.
“I don’t think it will be a problem. Even a member of the Celtic football team had visited us this month and seemed more than satisfied with the conditions. So I don’t think it will be a concern,” said the official.
When the Manchester United delegation, led by football manager Allan Dawson, came to call a couple of months ago, they expressed satisfaction with the facilities.
East Bengal began the centenary celebrations on July 31, 2019 with a march from the Kumartuli area of Calcutta to the Maidan club.
Liverpool will offer technical support to East Bengal
East Bengal executive committee member Debabrata Sarkar said that Liverpool has also shown interest in offering technical support to the red and gold club.
“Liverpool have shown interest in offering technical support to our club, from grassroots football to holistic development. However, we are still looking at the terms and conditions and, depending on this, we will answer a call soon. If we could tie them up, then Indian football would definitely benefit. “
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