Agencia AJN.- Roma’s new star, Argentine Paulo Dybala, will wear shirt number 21 in the friendly with Tottenham Hotspur to be played in Israel.
Organizers expect a sellout of 30,000 spectators at Haifa’s Sami Ofer Stadium on July 30.
In a special gesture from Tottenham Hotspur and Roma to religious fans in Israel, kick-off time for the match was moved to 9:15 p.m.
Following a request from thousands of football fans who are religious practitioners and Shabbat keepers to the managers of MTR7, they postponed the start time to prevent Shabbat desecration.
Both teams are expected to bring their starting eleven.
For Tottenham, who finished the season near the top of the English Premier League and will play in the Champions League next season, it will be their last pre-season game, just five days before the Premier season begins.
Son Heung Min is expected to play, along with England captain Harry Kane and new signings Ivan Perisic and Richarlison.
Roma will arrive in the country after a historic season: winning the first European Conference, which was the club’s first European title.
For the team and legendary coach José Mourinho, the victory was a clear statement of intent for the future.
Days before the match, Dybala sold 535,000 team kits during a 24-hour period, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus record.
Tottenham Hotspur will hold an open training session in Israel at Petah Tikva’s Moshava Field on July 29, the day before their match against Roma in Haifa.
An open training session is rare because Italian coach Antonio Conte is known as someone who doesn’t let the media and crowd see how he prepares his team for games and this is another opportunity to see the team and their style of play for the match. next season and in preparation for the Champions League.
“The team is very happy to go to Israel in its final stages of preparation before the start of the season,” said Fabio Paratici, general manager of the Tottenham club. “The match will provide excellent preparation for the start of the new 2022/23 season.”
MTR7, which is producing the match, closed the deal with the Tottenham team management.
“In light of the great interest of the Israeli public in the game, the Tottenham management decided to allow an open training session before the game against Roma and this is a rare opportunity to see the likes of Harry Kane, who broke a new record with England, Sun, top scorer in the EPL, French goalkeeper Hugo Loris, new acquisition Ivan Perišić and decorated Italian coach Antonio Conte,” said Mauro Rosenstein, CEO of MTR7.
A delegation from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, led by Nina Reinsberg, Business Development Manager, and Dan Watson, Travel Manager, arrived in Israel at the end of May for pre-match preparations and coordination.
The delegation met with the owners and managers of MTR7, as well as the managers of the Food and Beverage Department and the chef of the hotel to establish special menus for the players.
Also, the German soccer club Borussia Dortmund played its first preparation match for the 2022/2023 soccer season against an Israeli team, Maccabi Netanya, at Bloomfield Stadium on May 17.
The group was in Israel from May 15 to 18 and among other activities, they visited the Yad Vashem Museum to place a commemorative bouquet and listen to the testimony of a survivor of the Shoah.
There was also a meeting with fans of the “Israelis de Borussia” group.
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