India’s very first international football pre-season tournament is set to kick off at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kochi on Tuesday. The LaLiga World Tournament features Spanish top flight outfit Girona FC, Australian A-League club Melbourne City FC and India’s very own Kerala Blasters FC.
Kerala Blasters will get their preparation for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) underway with the tournament under the leadership of head coach David James. The Blasters finished a dismal sixth in the 2017-18 edition of the ISL after starting the season with Rene Meulensteen as head coach. The Dutchman was replaced by James midway through the tournament.
Girona FC, on the other hand, enjoyed a highly successful maiden campaign in Spain’s top flight after achieving promotion in 2017. Partly owned by the City Football Group (CFG), Girona finished a respectable 10th in LaLiga last season and achieved a famous win against Real Madrid at home. The pre-season tournament represents a chance for the club to fine tune their preparations for the 2018-19 edition of the LaLiga which gets underway on August 19. This will be the first time a LaLiga club plays in India.
Melbourne City FC was established in 2009 and have been plying their trade in Australia’s top flight – the A-League. Wholly owned by the City Football Group, the club is managed by former Manchester United reserves coach Warren Joyce. The side finished third in the 2017-18 edition of the A-League and will be hoping to make the most of their pre-season in India before kicking-off their 2018-19 engagements with a high-profile derby against Melbourne Victory on October 20.
|1||Kerala Blasters FC, India|
|2||Girona FC, Spain|
|3||Melbourne City FC, Australia|
Tuesday, July 24:
|1||19:00||Kerala Blasters FC v Melbourne City FC|
Friday, July 27:
|1||19:00||Girona FC v Melbourne City FC|
Saturday, July 28:
|1||19:00||Kerala Blasters FC v Girona FC|
HOW TO WATCH
In India, the Star Sports Network has the exclusive broadcasting rights of the pre-season tournament. The games will be telecast on television as well as their digital platform.
|India (English) TV channel||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD||Hotstar|
You can also download the Goal Live Score App , available for both Android and iOS, to get real-time updates of all the matches.