Melbourne City FC will play sister club Manchester City FC in a friendly at CBus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast on Saturday 18 July.
The announcement coincides with Manchester City FC revealing today that they will base themselves out of the Gold Coast for 11 days, preparing for their 2015/16 domestic and European campaigns before heading to Melbourne to take on Real Madrid and AS Roma in the International Champions Cup.
Manchester City could field a star-studded line-up against their Hyundai A-League counterparts, with superstars Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, David Silva and Yaya Toure all likely to make the trip to Australia.
Melbourne City FC CEO Scott Munn said that the clash between the sides will be an exciting moment for the Club and football in Australia.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to be welcoming our sister club Manchester City FC to Australia and indeed to be playing against them in a historic game at CBus Super Stadium,” Munn said.
“As an A-League Club well acquainted with the area having played here several times, we know that the facilities on offer in the Gold Coast are second to none and this opportunity is a fantastic way for both teams to get ready for our respective seasons ahead.”
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate echoed the excitement surrounding the fixture.
“We are thrilled that a Premier League club has chosen our city as the first stop on its tour of Australia,” Cr. Tate said.