Bucheon and FC United coaches swap shirts

Asia is accustomed to hosting teams from Europe. Every summer sees big clubs from the west heading east to play exhibition games in attempts to win new fans and conquer new markets.


The likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Roma and Juventus have all paid visits to the world’s largest continent in recent years. After all, over half of the planet’s football fans call Asia home.


There is something slightly special happening this month however with two teams from Manchester visiting the Land of the Morning Calm. One is English champions, European Champions League runners-up, FIFA Club World Cup winners and all-round general behemoth, Manchester United. For more info, check out –


The storied English team have won 18 domestic and three continental titles and is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, club in the world. It also boasts Korea’s favorite sporting star, male at least, Park Ji-sung.


United is in action on July 24 against K-League club FC Seoul at Seoul World Cup Stadium in a game that is a 64,000 sell-out. Chief Executive David Gill said: “Our tours to Asia are always special. The atmosphere generated by the supporters is amazing. The Club enjoys unrivalled support across the continent and it is great to give those fans the opportunity to see their heroes in action in their own country.”


Six days previously before that however, a team from England’s seventh tier is in action against one from Korea’s third division. FC United of Manchester faces Bucheon 1995. FC United was formed in 2005 by disillusioned fans of Manchester United. These followers acted after the club was taken over by American businessman Malcolm Glazer in 2005, another …