Friday, April 19, 2013

Chance to watch maestro Messi in Bukit Jalil

Welcome: FAM Deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah (second from left) receiving a Barcelona jersey from the club’s CEO Antoni Rossich. Looking on are FAM vice-president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin (left) and BSC Soccer (M) Sdn Bhd managing director and match promoter Effendi Jagan Abdullah during the “Barcelona Asian Tour 2013” Launch Thursday. -S. S. KANESAN / The Star

PETALING JAYA – By ERIC SAMUEL: Fans are in for a “Messi-ive” celebration mood when Spanish football giants Barcelona make their maiden visit to Malaysia in August.

Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the FA of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president, yesterday confirmed that the high-profile exhibition match between the reigning world club champions and the Malaysian XI Selection will be held at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Aug 10 (kick-off at 8.45pm).

He said Malaysian football fans can expect a thrilling experience with the likes of three-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Cesc Fabregas on show even though their arrival in Kuala Lumpur coincides with Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

“Come on all … let’s celebrate the festive mood in Bukit Jalil and make this event a reality.
“Barcelona are not an ordinary club … they are a role model club and an institution established 115 years ago. The history and the achievements of this club is truly amazing … and to have them come to our shores is indeed a big honour,” said Tengku Abdullah at the Barcelona Asian Tour 2013 launch yesterday.

Tickets are priced at RM688 (VIP – numbered seating) and for free seating it is RM388, RM288, RM208, RM168 and RM98. The ticket hotline number is 03-7957 6088. For further information, check website


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