Italian Serie A Champions Juventus are heading
to the Far East for the International Challenge Cup Hong Kong
2016, bringing club top scorer Paulo Dybala and their dynamic
Brazilian duo, midfielder Hernanes and wing back Alex Sandro.
new signings, Miralem and Medhi Benatia, are also named in
the 25-man squad, announced by team manager Massimiliano Allegri.
The International Challenge Cup is
an one-off match associated with the International Champions Cup
tournament in Australia, where, prior to visiting Hong Kong,
Juventus will face off against Melbourne Victory (on 23 July) and Tottenham Hotspur (on 26 July).
The line-up for
both tournaments includes first team regulars as well as new
Paulo Dybala joined the club last year
and was widely heralded in his debut season in the 2015-16
campaign. He adapted to the club quickly after the transfer from
Palermo and scored 19 goals in 34 Serie A league games and a total
of 23 goals in all competitions. His success was supported by
strong playing relationships with other big-name players including
team captain Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci,
Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba, Mario Mandzukic.
East pre-season campaign will see him playing alongside fellow
first team regulars such as Hernanes, Mario Lemina, Kwadwo Asamoah
in midfield, and Alex Sandro and Daniele Rugani in defence.
Juventus will also bring along their two new signings
Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia, with the run out providing an
opportunity for them acclimatise to the team’s style of play.
Having joined the Italian champions last month,
Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic was officially unveiled as a
Juventus #5, a jersey number that his idol Zinedine Zidane wore
when he played for Juventus. The 26-year-old Bosnia and
Herzegovina international moved to the Juventus Stadium from
fellow Serie A side Roma after five years in the Italian capital.
He has has more than 60 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, including
at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
French-Moroccan centre-back Medhi Benatia has
just joined Juve in a loan
deal from Bayern Munich – with an option for the new club to make
the move permanent. In a 13-year career the 29-year-old previously
played in Italy for Udinese and Roma before moving to the Bundesliga in 2014 and winning back-to-back German league titles.
Internationally, he has represented Morocco, where his father was
born, in two Africa Cup of Nations competitions, in 2012 and 2013.
Juventus FC 25-Man Squad
Asamoah, Audero, Benatia, Blanco, Cerri, Coccolo, Del Favero,
Dybala, Hernanes, Kastanos, Lemina, Lirola, Loria, Macek,
Marrone, Neto, Padovan, Parodi, Pereyra, Pjanic, Rosseti,
Rugani, Severin, Vitale.
Cup - Tickets
Tickets are now available at HK$300, HK$400, HK$500
and HK$680, as well as HK$180 concession tickets for full-time
students (aged 25 or below) and senior citizens (aged 60 and
Tickets can be purchased online via Cityline or at any one of 15 Cityline box
offices at selected local Tom Lee stores around Hong Kong as well
as at HMV in Causeway Bay and the Box Office at the Asia-World
Expo centre and MacPherson Stadium. Tickets can also purchase
tickets via the Cityline hotline (+852) 2111 5333.
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