Shakhtar to take part in Florida Cup 2016

This coming January, the Pitmen will travel to the United States. Alongside German and Brazilian powerhouses, Shakhtar will take part in the Florida Cup as part of their winter break preparation.

The tournament will take place between the 9th and 20th of January in Florida, USA. The competition will be attended by FC Schalke, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, SC Corinthians, Fluminense FC, Atletico Mineiro and SC Internacional.

- We are very excited to be participating in such a high profile tournament. It’s a big step forward in our international growth as a club. The US is becoming more important as one of the worlds key football markets and we are keen to represent Ukraine on this kind of stage and bring the footballing legacy of FC Shakhtar to a new audience, - pointed out Sergei Palkin, CEO of FC Shakhtar.

- Our goal is to turn Florida in January into the main soccer pre-season destination to renowned international clubs, - said Florida Cup CEO and former professional soccer player Ricardo Villar. - The Florida Cup serves as an ideal platform for clubs who are looking to internationalize their brands in an emerging soccer market, while finding optimal preparation conditions tied to quality international competition.

In January 2015, Florida Cup was televised live in 127 countries around the world, covering an audience of over 430 million people. In January 2016, according to the competition organizers, the broadcasting geography may well be even greater.

The tournament is organized by Disney Sports Enterprises and 2SV Sports.

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