[Media Release] FC Barcelona Asian Tour 2013 – Reigning World Club Champions to play against Malaysian XI at National Stadium Bukit Jalil Kuala Lumpur on 10th August 2013.

FC Barcelona Asian Tour 2013 – Reigning World Club Champions to play against Malaysian XI at National Stadium Bukit Jalil Kuala Lumpur on 10th August 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR, August 8, 2013 – It is with great pleasure that we announce the forthcoming visit by FC Barcelona to Kuala Lumpur. This is the most exciting event on Malaysian Football Calendar. After intense bidding and lobbying by several countries, FC Barcelona chose Malaysia – along with Thailand – to be among two countries to make up their Asian Tour 2013. This is a significant honour for both our football fans and for Malaysia.

The visit by FC Barcelona will boost the promotion of Visit Malaysia Year 2014 as this year is designated the preparatory year for the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign. The unique and historical event is supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.

We are pleased to announced that, this event is presented by the title sponsor, CIMB Bank Berhad. CIMB Bank Berhad are overwhelmed to collaborate with FC Barcelona Asia Tour 2013 as this is their first time presenting a football event.

FC Barcelona, or Barca, has a wide international fan base and it is expected to draw 80,000 spectators including 8,000 international fans who will watch the game in Kuala Lumpur. The event is expected to bring in more than RM 115 million to the national economy.

The magnificent track record of FC Barcelona has made it among the iconic football clubs globally. Among the unique achievements which FC Barcelona has won include: 2 Club World Cups; 4 Champion Leagues; 4 European Super Cups; 22 Spanish Leagues; 26 Spanish Cups. In addition, it is the first team in history to win 6 titles in the same season (2009) and the club most times first in the IFFHS World Ranking as well as World, European and Spain Champions in 2011.

FC Barcelona is also unique in that it’s more than 175,000 members are also owners of the club and its Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe with 99,534 seats. FC Barcelona will thus be bringing to Malaysia a unique football experience and hopefully make a positive input to our sporting culture overall.

The FC Barcelona TV global audience reached a record 1 billion in the 2010-2011 season and continues to grow. Barca has been involved in social issues like no other sports organization; not surprisingly the team carries the UNICEF logo on its jersey.

The club’s mission of providing healthy entertainment to the people through the values of respect, team work, humility, effort and ambition are the very values we would like to inculcate in our youth.

Though football remains the most popular sport in Malaysia, as it has been for decades, we aspire to reach the glory days of decades past when Malaysia could outplay South Korea and Japan and qualify for the Olympics.

Now there is a chance for our current Super Stars like Mahalli Jasuli, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Mohamad Aidil Zafuan Abd Razak and Safiq bin Rahim to showcase their skills against the top stars of the world and probably learn a couple of tricks from them. Our team will be represented mainly from the team which won the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 and Sea Games Gold Medal 2011. Our National Coach, Dato’ K Rajagopal will have his hands full planning the downfall of FC Barcelona in Kuala Lumpur.

The appearance of FC Barcelona in Kuala Lumpur and the opportunity to play against them will no doubt be an inspiration for our national team, particularly to learn from their values of respect, teamwork, humility and the other positive attributes they bring with them.

Hereby we would like to announce FC Barcelona players who would be attending the friendly match. The players’ names are as listed below:
Valdes, Pinto, Oier, Alves, Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Neymar, Dos Santos, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Adriano, Song, Tello, Sergi Roberto, Bagnack, Dongou.

Hopefully this event will be a great success and a historical memory for all Malaysian and FC Barcelona!

WL Jack

Dr Jack Chan Wah Loong is the Head Of Medical Department and Internal Medicine Specialist in his current Hospital. Apart from medical related works, he is also a blogger, journalist and photographer since the year of 2008. He is also the chief editor for wljack.com, a website with a dedicated team of journalists that write coverage on Malaysia events and happenings since 2013.

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