Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Kerala Blasters will face La Liga club Girona FC and A-League club Melbourne City FC in pre-season friendlies at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi from July 24. Girona, who finished 10th in the La Liga 2017-18, confirmed that it will be the first club from the league to play in India. "Girona FC will be the first LaLiga team to play in India," Girona FC tweeted.
Girona FC will be the first LaLiga team to play in India— Girona FC (@GironaFC) June 26, 2018
The matches will be played on July 27 and 28 in Kochi against the @KeralaBlasters of the @IndSuperLeague and the @MelbourneCity of the @ALeague.#LaLigaWorld @laligaEN #GironaFC #OrgullGiron pic.twitter.com/5zHcb1nNZl
Kerala Blasters, who were bolstered under the likes of former Manchester United stars Wes Brown and Dimitar Berbatov, finished sixth in the previous six-month long season.
LaLiga Ambassador, Fernando Morientes, who unveiled the tournament trophy, said on behalf of the La Liga, "It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of such a historic moment. Pre-season tournaments are the best preparatory ground for a club to prepare for the season ahead.
"I remember how playing pre-season friendlies helped me identify the areas that I needed to work upon and be better prepared. I would like to wish all the very best to all participants and am looking forward to a closely-contested tournament."