April 23, 2013
Liverpool FC confirmed for Cape Town fixture
Stuart Buchanan is a journalist, blogger, and online writer for Flow Communications.
He grew up in Durban and has lived in various parts of South Africa and the UK, before finally settling on Cape Town. He often wonders why anyone would want to live anywhere else.
Update: The City of Cape Town announced on Friday, May 10 that the match had been cancelled. http://www.capetown.travel/blog/entry/liverpool-versus-ajax-match-cancelled/
Cape Town Stadium has seen plenty of action since it was opened in time for the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa, and this week it was confirmed that the venue will also host English Premiership League team Liverpool FC.
As one the best-known and widely supported football teams in the world, this promises to be a huge event for Cape Town. They will take on local team Ajax Cape Town at the end of May (date to be finalised).
Fellow Premiership sides Everton and Newcastle United are believed to be following suit – joining the Urban Warriors in a pre-season tournament in July. The dates, subject to confirmation, are as follows:
- Newcastle United vs Ajax Cape Town (July 20)
- Newcastle vs Everton (July 24)
- Everton vs Ajax Cape Town (July 27)
Along with the huge international music acts that have played at Cape Town Stadium recently, Manchester United graced the pitch in July last year, when Ajax managed to hold them to a 1-1 draw. It was a great spectacle for local soccer fans, and a great opportunity for Manchester supporters from around the world to watch them play in a stadium befitting of a world-class team. This year's event, featuring Liverpool, promises to be as good a game as that – the stadium packed to the brim, and vuvuzelas in full voice. It's not to be missed.
Tickets will be available soon – more information to follow.
Liverpool have been in the news recently after a second biting incident from their star striker, Luis Suarez. The team fined Suarez after he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday's Premier League game, which resulted in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
Suarez has not shied away from controversy in his career. On his last visit to South Africa, during the 2010 World Cup, he prevented Ghana from going through to the semi-finals when he stuck out his hand to prevent a goal against his home team, Uruguay. The referee sent him off, but after Ghana missed the penalty, Suarez celebrated wildly on the sidelines, and Uruguay went on to win.
While the team's line-up is yet to be confirmed, there's bound to be plenty of action on the field!