WA Tourism Minister keen to sell Chelsea’s Perth visit to Asian market


Perth Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, Mark Schwarzer, Glory Head of Football Jacob Burns and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray gear up for Chelsea’s game with Glory.
Perth Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, Mark Schwarzer, Glory Head of Football Jacob Burns and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray gear up for Chelsea’s game with Glory.

FORMER Socceroos and Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes his former side will play its strongest side available when it takes on Perth Glory at Optus Stadium in July.

The date of the game has been confirmed as Monday, July 23 with tickets to go on sale on February 15.

Schwarzer said it was an exciting game as Chelsea had not visited Perth for more than 40 years.

“We all know how popular and ever-growing the English Premier League is, especially in Australia, but this part of the world in Asia, it’s growing,” he said.

“When I first heard about this news in 2017, I got to speak with some current Chelsea players and they were excited about the prospect of coming over and playing at a wonderful venue.

“There is no doubt that they will bring their strongest possible side to this game, in a very important match in the lead-up to the new season.”

Perth Glory Head of Football Jacob Burns and Mark Schwarzer kick the ball around at Optus Stadium.

Schwarzer said as the World Cup would finish on July 15, it would have some impact on the friendly game.

“You look at the Chelsea squad, it doesn’t matter what team they bring out, it will be a very strong side, they’ve got world class players in positions all over the park,” he said.

“You can only always point out names like Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, (Alvaro) Morata is making a name for himself but there are so many players in the squad.”

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the State Government was focused on selling the game into Asia.

“There is an enormous Chelsea following in Asia and one third of the world’s population live in the same time zone as Perth,” he said.

“There are 10 million Chelsea followers in China alone and we will be going after them, telling them about this game and also telling them about Perth and Western Australia and using this event to promote the State for the future.”

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