Brisbane Roar is excited to announce Everton Football Club
as its opponents for the annual Queensland Roars Against Racism match in
conjunction with the Queensland State Government and Multicultural
The Queensland Roars Against Racism match will be played at
Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, July 17 and will pit Ange Postecoglou's
revamped Roar squad against a heavyweight of the world's most exciting
football competition the English Premier League.
Travelling to Australia as part of the 'Everton Down Under
2010' tour, the Merseyside club have one of the proudest histories in
the English top-flight, having won the English league title nine times
and been present in the top division of English football since 1954.
Brisbane CEO Peter McLennan said he was excited to have such
a successful and well supported club help the Roar in the campaign to
Red Card racism!
"To have a club of such stature within the English game take
part in this fixture is extremely exciting for our club and our fans,"
"Everton are renowned for their fighting spirit and never say die attitude, a trait we want to emulate at Brisbane Roar.
"The match provides the perfect mix for Brisbane's sporting
fans with one of the biggest English Premier League clubs coming to
Australia's best football stadium to take on Brisbane's Hyundai A-League
"We also hope that such a high-profile visitor will help
spread the important message of stamping out racism because it is not
only in sport where racism is unacceptable, but in every aspect of our
The Queensland Roars Against Racism match continues an
outstanding tradition of bringing high profile clubs to Queensland's
capital to spread the anti-racism message.
In 2007, the then Queensland Roar faced one of South
Africa's strongest sides in SuperSport United before taking on the might
of Brazilian powerhouse Palmeiras in 2008.
Last season the Brisbane Roar took on Scottish giants Celtic in front of over 30,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou said he looked forward to taking on one of Europe's famous clubs.
"Taking on Everton is a challenge which myself and the players will look forward to," Postecoglou said.
"There's not too many times in Australian football when you
get to test yourself against the very best in the world and Everton
certainly fall into that category.
"More importantly, this is a tremendous opportunity for our
fans to see players in the flesh they've only had an opportunity to
watch on TV previously.
"We hope our fans and the wider community can really get something out of this match, particularly the anti-racism message."
Tickets for Queensland Roars Against Racism/Everton Down
Under 2010 match will go on-sale to the general public on Thursday May
20 via Ticketek. Please visit Ticketek for more information.
Brisbane Roar members will receive access to an INTERNET
ONLY pre-sale on Wednesday May 19. Information regarding this pre-sale
will be sent to PRIMARY ACCOUNT HOLDERS ONLY.