Manchester City to play Yokohama F. Marinos in first friendly in Japan

Yokohama Marinos fans at an Asian Champions League game
Image: Yokohama Marinos fans will get a chance to see Manchester City during the Premier League club's pre-season tour

Manchester City will visit Japan for the first time as part of their 2019 pre-season summer tour of Asia.

The reigning Premier League champions will feature in the inaugural EuroJapan Cup against City Football Group sister club Yokohama F. Marinos on July 27 at Nissan Stadium.

City, whose holding company invested in the J-League club in 2014, will announce further fixtures across Asia in the coming weeks.

City's chief operating officer Omar Berrada said: "We are delighted to announce Manchester City's first ever match in Japan.

"The club has a passionate fan base there and we are excited at the prospect of playing in front of these fans for the first time.

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"This will also be a special moment for City Football Group as Manchester City and Yokohama F. Marinos come together to play each other in a match that will provide Pep and his team with great preparation for the upcoming season."

Yokohama F. Marinos' chief executive Ryoji Kurosawa added: "I am also delighted at this opportunity because we are welcoming City, sister club of Yokohama F. Marinos, to Japan for the first time of the club's history.

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"With the F. Marinos' attacking style of play, I truly believe this head to head will be an exciting one for the supporters of both clubs and wider Japanese football fans."

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