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Queensland to host two English Premier League Clubs

March 2020

Current English Premier League clubs Crystal Palace F.C. and West Ham United F.C. to contest the inaugural EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup this July

Queensland will host current English Premier League (EPL) Football Clubs, Crystal Palace F.C. and West Ham United F.C. this July when they feature in the EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup alongside A-League outfit, Brisbane Roar F.C..

The general public on-sale at 12.00pm AEST on Wednesday 11 March from Ticketek. Official corporate hospitality and VIP fan packages are available from today through TEG Live Hospitality, VIP NOW, including suites, boxes and VIP functions.

To be contested between 11 July – 18 July 2020, the EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup will see each club participate in two games, with the side amassing the most points to claim the inaugural title.

The tournament will kick-off at Townsville’s brand-new Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday 11 July when the Brisbane Roar F.C. play Crystal Palace F.C.. On Wednesday 15 July, the Roar will then travel to Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast to tackle West Ham United F.C., before the two London clubs face off at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday 18 July.

Delivered to Queensland by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland in conjunction with TEG Live and 2020 EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup partners, Suncorp Stadium managed by ASM Global, Stadiums Queensland, City of Townsville and City of Gold Coast, football fans from across Australia and abroad will be able to watch in person the only EPL clubs currently confirmed to be coming to Australian shores this year.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “Soccer has a rapidly-growing, global following. These games, featuring some of the world’s best players will be major drawcards for Queensland.

“Queensland will be the only place to see English Premier League sides Crystal Palace F.C. and West Ham United F.C. on Australian soil in 2020.

“When it comes to major events, we’ve kicked plenty of goals over the last couple of years. Securing these two EPL sides exclusively for Queensland is a great win for the state’s tourism industry.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said: “If you’re an Aussie soccer fan, Queensland is the place to be in 2020.

“You don’t get EPL stars come out to Australia every day. For a lot of people, this will be their only chance to see some of the world’s best on Australian soil.

“The English Premier League is the best soccer league on the planet. The fact that we’ve secured two current EPL sides to come here is a testament to the fact that Queensland is a world-class events destination.”

Both Crystal Palace F.C. and West Ham United F.C. are steeped in football history with their origins dating back well over a century.

Approaching their 125th anniversary this summer, West Ham United F.C. – a club with community at its heart and boasting a passionate fanbase – have won the FA Cup three times; in 1964, 1975 and 1980, while they have also been runners-up twice; in 1923 and 2006. The east London club, who are currently managed by David Moyes, have reached two major European finals, winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965 and finishing runners-up in the same competition in 1976. The Hammers return to Australia this July, 25 years after making a Centenary tour of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in May 1995.

On the south side of the river Thames in London stands Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace F.C., which is world renowned for its incredible atmosphere created by the club’s passionate fanbase. The Eagles, who wear their famous red and blue striped home shirt, are in their seventh consecutive season in the top flight of English football. Palace and are currently mid-table on the English Premier League table under the stewardship of former England manager, Roy Hodgson.

The two London clubs also have strong modern day connections to Australia with Mile Jedinak (2011 – 2016) and Tony Popovic (2001 – 2006) having represented Palace, and Stan Lazaridis (1995 – 1999), Robbie Slater (1995 – 1996), Richard Garcia (1999 – 2004), Lucas Neill (2007 – 2009) and Dylan Tombides (2012 – 2014) pulling on the claret and blue of West Ham in recent years.

These games mark a special occasion for Crystal Palace F.C., as they will be first time the club has played in Australia. On the announcement of the EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup, Crystal Palace F.C. Chairman Steve Parish said: “We are absolutely delighted to be visiting Australia for the first time in the club’s history. It will be fantastic to witness Crystal Palace play against two excellent teams in these wonderful stadiums in front of our Australian fans.

“The tour comes at a crucial stage of our pre-season so the fitness programme and the games are important, but we also look forward to spending time exploring stunning Queensland and meeting as many people as we can.”

West Ham United F.C. manager David Moyes said: “It’s not only a great opportunity for West Ham United to play two exciting games in front of our fans down under, it’s also a great opportunity to visit a beautiful country which I know loves their sport and is extremely knowledgeable about football.

“I’ve had the pleasure of going to Brisbane before and it was a fantastic place with warm and friendly people. I’m very much looking forward to going back with West Ham United for what will be an important part of our preparations for the 2020/21 season.”

Coached by former England striker and Liverpool F.C great, Robbie Fowler, three-time A-League Champions and two A-League Premiers Brisbane Roar will be looking to make a statement in front of the own fans when they line up against some of Europe’s best players as part of the EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup.

Brisbane Roar F.C. CEO David Pourre said: “Brisbane Roar prides itself on being a football club for all of Queensland and we are looking forward to playing two exciting fixtures in Townsville and the Gold Coast in July.

“It is a unique opportunity for Brisbane to also be hosting a fixture featuring two of England’s most famous Clubs.

“We are hoping to see plenty of orange in the stands supporting Queensland’s Hyundai A-League Club against two of England’s finest Clubs.

TEG CEO, Geoff Jones said promoter, TEG Live, looked forward to delivering this marquee event involving three exciting teams.

“The EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup is an exciting opportunity for fans and major event goers to witness live two current clubs from the world’s leading and most popular football league, the England Premier League,” said Jones.

“We are delighted to be staging this event in three of Queensland’s premier venues and in three different cities through our event partners Tourism and Events Queensland, Stadiums Queensland, Suncorp Stadium, City of Gold Coast and City of Townsville.

“We’d like to thank the Queensland Government for their role in facilitating the opportunity.”

Taiwanese international airline, EVA Air, are the naming-rights partner for the inaugural Queensland Champions Cup, with General Manager of EVA Air’s Australian branch, Victor Hsiao saying:

“EVA Air is proud and excited to be the naming-rights partner for the first ever Queensland Champions Cup, extending the company’s relationship with football as the current airline partner of West Ham United.

“The three competing clubs and EVA Air share a strong alignment across our respective brands to deliver the very best services and unique experiences, whether in aviation or the sporting arena. EVA Air looks like forward to being part of the first ever Queensland Champions Cup and bringing football fans from across the globe to Brisbane for this exciting event.”

2020 EVA AIR QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONS CUP SCHEDULE

Saturday 11 July (6.30pm AEST)
Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
Brisbane Roar F.C. vs Crystal Palace F.C.

Wednesday 15 July (7.30pm AEST)
Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Brisbane Roar F.C. vs West Ham United F.C.

Saturday 18 July (7.30pm AEST)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Crystal Palace F.C. vs West Ham United F.C.

Note – kick off times are subject to change.

 

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