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  • Celts travel to play Sunderland for the Dafabet Cup

    Celts travel to play Sunderland for the Dafabet Cup

    By: Newsroom Staff on 29 Jun, 2017 09:33

  • THE treble-winning Invincibles will head down south to take on Sunderland on Saturday, July 29 with the Dafabet Cup up for grabs in a game that also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Stadium of Light.

    Both clubs share the same principal partner in Dafabet and in recognition of this, the game - the first pre-season friendly to be staged at the stadium since 2008 – will be known as the Dafabet Cup, with the respective trophy awarded to the winning side.

    The passionate Celtic fans are renowned for travelling in large numbers and Wearside is looking forward to welcoming a big visiting crowd and creating a celebratory and vibrant atmosphere between both sets of fans.

    The iconic home of Sunderland AFC hosted its first game on July 31, 1997, representing the beginning of a new era in stadium building in the UK. To this day, it remains one of the best modern stadia in Europe.

    Sunderland AFC ambassador Kevin Ball, who captained the Sunderland side in that game against Ajax, is delighted that Celtic will be visiting next month.

    He said: “To have Celtic here to celebrate the 20-year anniversary, almost to the day, will be a very special occasion for everyone involved with Sunderland AFC.”

    Celtic started their pre-season games with a 1-0 win over BW Linz in Austria and, as well as the upcoming UEFA Champions League qualifiers, will also play Rapid Vienna, Slavia Prague and Shamrock Rovers prior to taking on the English Championship side for the Dafabet Cup. 

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