Sporting Lisbon confirmed for tournament
Red Bull New York and the World Series of Football announced today that Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal is officially the fourth participant in the 2010 New York Football Challenge. Sporting will join the New York Red Bulls as well as English Premier League clubs Manchester City FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC in the tournament that will take place from July 22-25 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.
A full fixture list, as well as information regarding tickets, media credentialing and times, will be released at a later date.
About Sporting Clube de Portugal: Sporting was officially founded on July 1, 1906. The Club currently has around 90.000 members and nearly 350 supporting clubs and branches in Portugal and around the world. Sporting is one of the so-called “big three” football clubs in Portugal, along with SL Benfica and FC Porto. Despite football’s predominant role, the Club is also famous for its wide participation in over twenty other sports. Sporting has won 22 national championship titles, 15 Portuguese Cups, 6 Portuguese SuperCups and one European Cup Winners’ Cup (1964). To date, Sporting has taken part in 51 UEFA competitions, 15 of them in the Champions’ Cup/League. The club plays at Estadio Jose Alvalade. The Stadium has capacity for 51,247 spectators and hosted five games of the Euro 2004 competition, including the quarter finals and semi-finals, and the UEFA Cup final of 2004/05. The stadium was recently classified by UEFA as a Five Star Stadium. Sporting features a number of Portguese Internationals, including club captain and midfielder Joao Moutinho, forward Liedson, forward Helder Postiga, and midfielder Miguel Veloso. In addition, the club features Chilean International midfielder Matias Fernandez and Montenegran International midfielder Simon Vukcevic.
About the World Series of Football: The Directors of The World Series of Football (WFS), along with a dedicated group of marketers, have combined to establish the company as one of the leading independent sports event management companies in the world. During the last 10 years, WSF has organized 25 international football tournaments where 41 of the world’s leading club sides from 17 countries have competed. WSF events have an unparalleled reputation for high-quality competition, efficiency of organization and ambience of presentation. WSF maintains a close working relationship with international TV companies and sports media, which helps promote the global coverage of its events.