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Middlesbrough to host Olympic football friendlies

MIDDLESBROUGH’S Riverside Stadium will play host to a double header of Olympic warm up football games.

 The men’s side will play twice finalists Brazil.

 While the women’s team will play World cup finalists Sweden on Friday  July 20.


The Riverside stadium where the games will take place.

Boro Chief Executive, Neil Bausor said: “This is a massive honour for Middlesbrough Football Club and the town in general.”

Team GB will bring all the excitement of the Olympics to the Riverside Stadium and we are thrilled and proud to host this unique double header.”


It was only in February, that the Riverside hosted an England U-21 game against Belgium, which received over 22,000 football fans.


Mr Bausor said:“The teams will also train with us and the decision to come to Middlesbrough is testament to the fantastic facilities we have.”


Team GB manager, Stuart Pearce said that he anticipates a “tremendous crowd, particularly with Teesside’s Brazilian connections.”

 Fans are expected to flock to see stars like Neymar, Robinho, Pato and the rest of the “Samba boys”.

 Not to forget the host of home grown talent on show. With the possibility of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale, being some of the names touted around to get a call up.

 This is the first time Team GB have entered the prestigious football competition, the last time being in 1971 and this tournament will be the Women’s teams first.

 Hope Powell, manager of the women’s side said: “It’s a huge opportunity, both in this country and worldwide, to showcase women’s football to a bigger audience and grow the game.”

As of yet no ticket details have been announced but the event is expected to sell out quickly due to the amount of talent that would be on show.

Middlesbrough, like the rest of the country,  will be caught up in Olympic fever in anticipation of seeing some of the world’s finest footballers.




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