Betis to tour China for first time

May 8th, 2012 - 4:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Madrid, May 8 (IANS) Spanish La Liga football club Betis will tour China for the first time this summer.

Club President Miguel Guillen explained that the club’s first trip to Asia will see them play English Premier League outfit Fulham in the I Nanning Tournament and that the club also has a game programmed against Chinese side Shenzhen Ruby, Xinhua reported.

“This is a very important step forward for us, not just from an economic point of view, but also from a question of marketing an communication and in getting out name known in Asia,” explained Guilen.

“Our project in Asia is medium to long term and Betis is opening up to Asia with a sporting, economic and educational project. This is much more than going to play a friendly game. Both the governor and the organiser have received Real Betis with maximum honour,” said the club President.

Betis will not be the only Spanish side to visit China this summer, given that Villarreal will also be carrying out part of their pre-season training in the country, which they have previously visited on two occasions.

Monday also saw another Spanish side, Valencia, sign an extension to the club’s shirt sponsorship deal with Chinese solar power company, Jinko Solar, who already sponsored the club’s shirts in the second half of the current season in which the club has assured a third place finish behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

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