Games to be held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of August
Valencia Club de Fútbol will be one of four teams taking part in the prestigious Emirates Cup preseason tournament this summer, competing in the annual event hosted by Arsenal FC. Games will be held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of August at the Emirates Stadium, in a round robin format. Other teams competing are Arsenal FC, SL Benfica and AS Monaco.
The first game for VCF is the opening match of the competition, against AS Monaco at 2pm local time on the Saturday. Arsenal will take on Benfica at 4:20pm the same day. On the Sunday, VCF are first up against Benfica in the 2pm kickoff, with Arsenal against Monaco closing the tournament at 4:20pm.
Valencia CF president Amadeo Salvo expressed his happiness with the club’s participation in the Emirates Cup: “It is a perfect showcase as part of our internationalisation plan and our plan for the expansion of the GloVal brand. It is also a great way to prepare for next season. We have not taken part in the Emirates Cup since 2007, and it is great news to participate in this great tournament.”
General Sporting Manager, Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete, added that: “This is great news for the club and for the team. It is an honour to take part in one of the most important summer competitions in the world, and to face opposition like Benfica and Monaco.”
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis explained that: “We are delighted to once again be hosting the Emirates Cup in August. This will be the seventh staging of the Emirates Cup and it has proved to be an overwhelming success and a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of football. Not only does the tournament offer supporters the first chance to see the team play at Emirates Stadium before the start of the new season, it will of course also provide a very competitive level of preparation for all the teams ahead of the 2014/2015 season.”
Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Boutros Boutros said: “The competition has always been a great way for teams to prepare for the start of the new season and also for the fans to enjoy two days of high quality preseason football at the Emirates Stadium. We’re once again looking forward to supporting this great weekend of football."
The points system for the competition will see 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw, in addition to an extra point for every goal scored. Shots on goal will be used as a deciding factor if teams are level on points and goal difference. The trophy will be presented following the second game on Sunday, August 3rd.