Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce we will be travelling to Japan for a pre-season match in July 2019.
This is the first game announced for our summer schedule ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, with full details, including opposition, venue and ticket information to follow in the coming months.
We will work closely alongside principal partner, Yokohama, while in the country to bring our Japanese fans closer to the Blues as Maurizio Sarri and the squad prepare for the forthcoming campaign.
Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said: ‘We are looking forward to visiting Japan again and we will take the strongest squad possible to play in front of our fans there. Since beginning our partnership with Yokohama in 2015, the relationship has gone from strength to strength and we are pleased we will be able to visit their home country where they have been a market leader for more than 100 years.’
We make the announcement as club legend Didier Drogba arrives in Tokyo as part of Yokohama’s Drive for More campaign, where he will be speaking to Chelsea fans about his career and in particular that night in Munich that saw us lift the Champions League trophy.
The former Chelsea striker said: ‘It will be an amazing experience for the Chelsea players to play in Japan. Having been here just 24 hours, I have already seen the passion football fans here in the country have so I am sure it will be a fantastic occasion for everybody.’
Chelsea men’s only previous visit to the country came at the FIFA World Club Cup in 2012, when we beat Mexican side Monterrey 3-1 in the semi-final before narrowly losing to Brazilians Corinthians in the final. Both those games took place in Yokohama at the International Stadium, which also hosted the 2002 World Cup final.
Chelsea Women have also been to Japan once before, finishing runners-up to Japanese side Kobe Leonessa at the International Women’s Champions Cup in 2013.