Ahead of the new Hyundai A-League campaign, Perth Glory will take on Chilean Primera Division side Audax Italiano in a pre-season friendly at nib Stadium in July.
Four-time Chilean League Champions Audax Italiano will arrive in Australia later this year for international pre-season friendlies against the Newcastle Jets (July 8) and Perth Glory FC (July 12).
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Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos is delighted to welcome to Chilean first division side to the West.
“Perth Glory don’t have many opportunities in the off-season to participate in friendly matches and to be able to play a game against a quality international team such as Chilean giant, Audax Italiano FC, is a very welcome opportunity,” Filopoulos explained.
“Audax Italiano may not be a household name in Australia, however, they are a very competitive club playing in a challenging 16 team league, so this represents a unique opportunity for us to be exposed to and interact with a club that we would not otherwise encounter,”
“This match will take place during the second week of our pre-season and will most likely provide our Members and fans with their first opportunity to witness our new recruits in the flesh against a quality opponent.”
Who are Audax Italiano?
• ‘Los Tanos’ hail from La Florida, just 20 kilometres south-east of the Chilean capital Santiago.
• Founded in 1910, Audax Italiano are today recognised as one of the premier development clubs in the football fervent South American nation.
• Their main rivals in the league are Unión Española (founded by Spaniards) and Palestino (founded by Palestinians).
• The side’s 2017/18 Chilean Primera División Apertura campaign is scheduled to start in late July, meaning the match will serve as crucial preparation for both teams leading into their respective seasons.