24/03/2009 10:52, Report by Nick Coppack
Reds to play in Audi Cup
Four of the best teams on the planet – including world champions Manchester United – will take part in the Audi Cup in Germany this summer.
The two-day competition, held at Munich’s Allianz Arena, will feature United, Boca Juniors, AC Milan and Bayern Munich.
The Reds will meet Boca – Carlos Tevez’s former club and 23-times champions of Argentina – on Wednesday 29 July, with Milan and Bayern also competing on the same day. The winners of each game will play each other on Thursday 30 July in the final, which will be preceded by a third-place playoff featuring Wednesday’s losing sides.
At the tournament launch in Munich, attended by representatives from each side (including United defender Wes Brown), Audi chairman Rupert Stadler described the event as “a sporting highlight on the brand’s 100th anniversary”.
“We are proud that we have been able to attract these teams to Munich,” Stadler said.
Meanwhile, former Boca Juniors legend and current managing director Carlos Bianchi said the Argentinians were looking forward to pitting their wits against some of Europe’s finest footballers.
“It is both an honour and a big challenge for our team to compete against these sides,” he said.
Tickets for the Audi Cup are on sale now from Bayern Munich’s official website, www.fcbayern.de