May 15, 2015
REMONDIS STADIUM TO HOST FIFA U20 WORLD CUP FRIENDLY
Cronulla Sharks Group CEO Lyall Gorman has applauded the decision by Remondis Stadium management and MCG Match Event to host a FIFA Under 20 World Cup friendly and training session at the venue next week during the Club’s NRL bye.
Gorman said the match between Portugal and Ghana (May 20, 5pm) and Brazil’s open training session (May 22, time TBC) featuring future stars of world football, highlighted the opportunities for the Stadium to maximise its value to the community and the Club.
“With currently 12-14 NRL games played at the venue each, there remains a lot of opportunity for our Club to partner with other sporting codes in our wonderful region to have Remondis Stadium utilised as a multi-purpose venue for a wide range of community and sporting events,” Gorman said.
“It is even better when such an opportunity allows us to work together with the Sutherland Shire Football Association and Sutherland Shire Soccer Sharks to provide something special for the many talented boys and girls who participate in football week in week out across our wonderful region.”
Remondis Stadium Manager Kirin Lindop said: “It’s very exciting to have been offered this opportunity to showcase Remondis Stadium on an international stage.
“Given there are no home games for the Sharks until June 7 and the team has a bye week next week, it is a great opportunity for the field and facilities to be used without disrupting the team and their important ongoing NRL preparations.”
Match: Portugal U20 v Ghana U20
Date/ Time: Wednesday, May 20 – kick-off 5pm
Venue: Remondis Stadium, Captain Cook Drive, Woolooware
TEAM INFORMATION: FIFA U20 World Cup – The Road to New Zealand (May 30 – June 20, 2015)
Portugal – They showed at the European Under-19 Championship, and with no little panache, Portugal are a skilful, attack-minded side that are nevertheless strong in every department. Players to watch include Andre Silva, who became the first ever player to score four goals in a European finals match in the age group. Another of the team’s standout performers is forward Marcos Lopes, also known as Ronny Lopes. He is currently on Manchester City’s books.
Portugal have won the competition twice, thanks to the golden generation coached by Carlos Queiroz, who followed up their 1989 triumph in Saudi Arabia by retaining the trophy on home soil two years later, when they beat Brazil in the final.
“The Portuguese community in Sydney are very proud to have the opportunity of watching their Portuguese future stars at Remondis Stadium. What a fantastic event to be part of for our football and community families,” said Portugal Community Club/ Fraser Park President Jose De Sousa.
Ghana – The Black Satellites emerged as one of the most attractive sides at the qualifying competition with their fast-paced football. In Clifford Aboagye and Yaw Yeboah, the Black Satellites have two creative players who are undoubtedly the fulcrum of the team. Aboagye plays for Granada in Spain and Yeboah, who is with Manchester City in England, won the Player of the Tournament award in Senegal.
This is Ghana’s seventh appearance at the FIFA U20 World Cup. In 2009 the Black Satellites became the first African country to win the competition. They finished runners-up in 1993 and 2001.
• The closest station to Remondis Stadium is Woolooware Station which is only 1.2km from Remondis Stadium and is a pleasant ten minute stroll.
• Sydney Trains have increased their service offering; maximum wait time of 15 minutes.
• Parking is limited in the Sharkies Leagues Club and the immediate Stadium precinct.
• Patrons are encouraged to make use of the Sydney Trains and/or arrive as early as possible to make use of available residential street parking
• A taxi rank is located out the front of Sharkies Leagues Club.
• A complimentary phone service is located at Leagues Club Reception.
• Sutherland, Miranda, Caringbah, Woolooware and Cronulla Stations are all wheelchair accessible.
• Disabled parking is available in the Leagues Club Car Park.
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