HONG KONG - ProEvents, the leading football promoter in Asia, has signed Finland (ranked 40) to play against the China in Guangzhou and Shenzhen on February 3 & 7 respectively as part of China,s preparation for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany?Asian zone qualifying matches.
"Once again, we are pleased to assist our home team to secure the type of preparation match required by Arie Haan, the China national coach," said Paul Kam, Chairman of ProEvents who also organized China against Brazil in February 2003. "Being the last two preparation matches before playing against Kuwait on February 18th which will be the first qualifying match for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany? both matches are expected to be well attended by mainland supporters as well as from Hong Kong."
Commenting on the two matches, Mr Pekka Hamalainen, President of the Football Association of Finland, said "This is the first time that our men's national team visits China and we are grateful for the China Football Association's invitation. These two matches in China will prepare both teams for the FIFA World Cup 2006 qualification competition and we hope we will meet again in Germany after two years."
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ProEvents is the leading football marketing and management consultancy in Asia. Over the past twelve years, ProEvents organised and promoted more international football matches in Asia than any other company. Teams brought in include Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Leeds, Sampdoria, and the national sides of Brazil, England, Bulgaria, Iraq and Yugoslavia. In 2001, ProEvents organised its 4th Asia Tour for English Premier League champions Manchester United and attracted over 170,000 fans from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to watch the Champions live in action. In 2002, ProEvents organised the final pre-World Cup 2002 training camp and warm-up match in Malaysia for Brazil National Team who went on to become the World Champions. In 2003, ProEvents organized China vs Brazil in February and followed by Feyenoord's tour to Japan and Korea in June. The company's co-founder and CEO, Julian Kam, is just one of 15 FIFA Match Agents in the world and only the second to be appointed in Asia.
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