Baltimore, MD — Star-studded English Premier League outfit Manchester City will play Italian league champion Inter Milan in a pre-season exhibition game at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on July 31.
The game will pit City’s coach Roberto Mancini against the club he coached during four trophy-laden seasons.
“It’s a fantastic way to end the tour,” said Manchester City’s Football Administrator, Brian Marwood on the club website. “It is a coup to be playing the team we hope will soon be Champions League winners and I think this is the type of fixture everyone connected with the club and our supporters in particular will relish. I know Roberto’s eyes lit up when we mentioned we were hoping to play Inter! Hopefully, this is just the beginning of playing this calibre of opposition on a regular basis.”
Inter Milan face Bayern Munich on Saturday in the Champions League final in Madrid. The club will be hoping to add that title to the Italian league and Italian Cup titles it collected in 2010.
The game is another big scoop for Baltimore. Last July Chelsea defeated A.C. Milan in front of more than 70,000 fans in Baltimore at the home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, generating more than $20 million in revenue.
Mancini coached Manchester City to fifth in the Premier League this season.
Manchester has already scheduled games against Portland Timbers, Sporting Lisbon, New York Red Bulls and Mexico’s Club America, on its summer American tour.
“It’s probably the most ambitious tour the club has ever embarked on and so many people have been involved in the planning and organization to make sure it is a very successful trip,” added Marwood.
The big question is, will Jose Mourinho still be Inter’s coach when the club comes to Baltimore. There are strong indications that the “Special One” could be headed to Real Madrid.
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