Liverpool versus Manchester United, one of the greatest football rivalries, might be hosted in Cape Town in 2014
The two most successful English clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool, may play against each other at the Cape Town Stadium in 2014 according to Cape Town city bosses.
The mouth-watering clash between Manchester United and Liverpool would be a major draw card for fans in the Mother City, due to the large amount of passionate supporters found in Cape Town.
The 60 000 seater Cape Town Stadium has been maligned by many in the city due to its lack of sell-out crowds, and city bosses are looking to change this by planning a trip to Europe and attracting a selection of top European football sides.
Anton Groenewald, the Executive Director for Tourism, Events and Marketing announced the possibility of a clash between the two great rivals to be staged at Cape Town Stadium in 2014 at a media briefing on Wednesday.
“Based on the 2012 performance, we are in discussions with both the marketing and commercial managers of Manchester United,” Groenewald said.
“I think the deal clincher for them was the fact that 12 000 people came to watch them train for 45 minutes.”
The latest Manchester United tour attracted a sell-out crowd in Cape Town which has meant that teams from both Spain and Italy have shown interest in playing at the stadium.
“We are in discussions around 2013/14/15 with a whole host of top clubs and we are pushing for two teams to visit for the seasonal break,” Groenewald continued.
“But we are also in discussions with some of the European-based clubs.
“I think the United example has certainly drawn quite a lot of interest.”
The stadium is set to host the Bafana Bafana friendly against Norway on January the 8th, only the third time the city has hosted the national side since 2007.
The Cape Town Stadium has been used for live concerts and hosts Ajax Cape Town home matches, but has been starved of consistent football showpieces.
Grant Pascoe will also be attending the European trip with Anton Groenewald and believes that Cape Town Stadium needs to have regular football games in order for it to be successful.
“We have to keep the stadium pumping, we have to keep it busy, we have to ensure there’s activity.
“There’s a concert here [Linkin Park] but this stadium was built for football, we must to ensure we provide enough games here.”