FOOTBALL FEVER HITS MELBOURNE

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Football buzz in Australia has reached fever pitch, as three
of the world’s powerhouse clubs touched down this week in Melbourne.

AS Roma, Manchester City and Real Madrid will play a three
way face-off, in the International Champions Cup tournament.

The three matches held in Melbourne are expected to draw almost
90,000 fans each game.

The Victorian government estimates the tournament will rake
in 40 million US dollars into the economy, as thousands of tourists from
interstate and overseas make the long trip to Melbourne to view a footballing
spectacle of a lifetime.

Our team at THE TURF will be bringing all the daily action to your screens, so you can
keep up to date with the player’s whereabouts and events.

AS Roma:

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AS Roma, is a Italian football club based in Rome. Roma are
three times Serie A champions and finished runners up this year behind
champions Juventus.

The illustrious Italian club is filled with young and old
talent, featuring top scorer Francesco Totti, Miralem Pjanic and Kevin Strootman
to name a few.

Roma are likely to be training at South Melbourne’s home
ground, Lakeside Stadium, as well as
the MCG.

NO TICKET?

If you’re a die-hard AS Roma fan and couldn’t get yourself a
ticket, head down to the Cricketers Arms
Hotel in Richmond, directly across from the MCG.

This is your home base for both games if you are a Roma fan.

Roma’s squad is still yet to be announced, although good
news is that young Australian Danny De Silva could play a dream début against
Real Madrid.

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The 18 year old attacker was poached by Roma, after having a
stand-out season with Perth Glory and shining on the international stage.  

TRAINING TIMES:

Monday 20 July* 
AS Roma Open Training Session 
5.30pm – 6.30pm, Melbourne Cricket Ground 

Real Madrid:

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Real Madrid is the Bill Gates of football. They are one of
the most popular teams in the world are the world’s richest football club, with
a net worth of $3.4 billion.

Real Madrid has established themselves as a footballing
powerhouse over the years, and boasts a record 32 La Liga titles.

Despite their dominance, arch rivals Barcelona FC managed to
drown out Real, leaving them without any silverware last season. New manager Rafael
Benitez will be taking the tournament seriously, determined to turn their
fortunes around.

RONALDO WATCH:

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Footballing god Cristiano Ronaldo touched down in Melbourne early,
and has been a star attraction for football fan boys in Melbourne.

Cristiano has been spotted at various locations in Melbourne’s
CBD:  Club 23 at Crown Casino, Culture
Kings, and was even spotted getting a haircut on Collins Street.

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Real Madrid is set to play a strong first team side
featuring super signing Gareth Bale.

SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Fernando Pacheco, Ruben Yanez
Defenders: Raphael Varane, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal,
Alvaro Arbeloa, Danilo
Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Lucas Silva, Luka Modric, Denis Cheryshev,
Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Marcos Llorente, Martin Odegaard, Jose Carlos Lazo
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Jese

TRAINING TIMES:

Friday 17 July 
Real Madrid Open Training Session 
10.30am – 11.30am, Melbourne Cricket Ground

Manchester City: 

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Manchester City has become one of England’s powerhouse
football teams. City won the Premier league for the first time in 44 years in 2011
before winning it again in 2014. The club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United
Group in 2008 and has since become one of the wealthiest clubs in the world.

Manchester City has already landed in Australia and
commenced their pre-season training at the Gold Coast on Saturday. City has
only flown down nine of their regular starters, and will most likely play a
second string team against AS Roma.

David Silva and Joe Hart expected to join the group before
the first match.

Manchester City Squad: 

Caballero, Wright, Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Fernando, Navas, Toure,
Denayer, Zuculini, Maffeo, Horsfield, Plummer, Evans, Glendon, Fofana, Garcia,
Celina, Barker, Iheanacho, Pozo, Unal, Ntcham, Humphreys, Gunn, Hart,
Kolarov, Sagna, Mangala, Silva, Jovetic, Bony, Dzeko, Lopes.

TRAINING TIMES:

Friday 17 July 
Manchester City Open Training Session 
7-8pm Melbourne Cricket Ground

Stay tuned as our team will be on the ground reporting live on the International Champions Cup.

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By ARI CHARILAOU

THE TURF