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Three more Clubs join City alliance

  • 16 November 2007 03:30

Three more clubs from around the world have joined forces with Manchester City.

On Tuesday we announced three partnership agreements with clubs around the globe and now we can confirm similar deals with a further trio of teams.

Grasshoppers Club Zurich of Switzerland, Chonburi FC from Thailand and Australian A-League outfit Perth Glory are the latest clubs to become the Blues’ global partners.

The clubs will work together in areas including coaching exchanges and youth tournaments. Coaching and player analysis techniques, improving player rehabilitation and help with training facilities are also just some of the areas that the Club will share its expertise on.

Ties between City and its partner clubs will also be strengthened through improved commercial and marketing opportunities and initiatives.

For more information on our latest global partners click here >

The announcement was made at a press conference in Thailand where it was also revealed that City will build an Academy in the country.

Academy Manager Jim Cassell, who has flown out to Thailand, will be identifying and visiting potential sites for the Academy over the next two days.

Cassell said: “Dr Thaksin wants to spread Manchester City’s global profile and is also keen to give young Thai footballers every opportunity of developing to their full potential.”

Along with these announcements, the Club also confirmed the signing of the three Thai internationals that came on trial back in August.

Kiatprawut Saiwaew, Suree Sukha and Teerasil Dangda were all part of their national squad for the summer’s Asia Cup tournament, with Sukha, a defender, starting all three matches.

The Thai national team face an important home World Cup Qualifier second leg against Yemen this Sunday with the score 1-1 from the first meeting.

On their return from international duty, the players will train with the Manchester City squad and then go to play with one of our partner clubs.

Both Perth Glory and Grasshoppers Club Zurich have already expressed an interest in hosting the players.

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