India-Pakistan football series in England

Updated: 11 July 2011 16:45 IST

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are to play a three-match football series in England starting on August 25 in fixtures designed to tap into support among migrant residents.

India-Pakistan football series in England
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New Delhi:

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are to play a three-match football series in England starting on August 25 in fixtures designed to tap into support among migrant residents.

The games will be played in Manchester, Coventry and London, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said in a statement on Monday.

"The tour would provide the Indian and Pakistani nationals based in England to witness their native teams in action at the 'Home of Football'," said Ahmer Kunwar, of organisers TouchSky Sports (TSS).

India and Pakistan are lowly footballing nations but maintain a ferocious sporting rivalry in cricket and hockey.

"Playing Pakistan is always special," said AIFF president Praful Patel. "It's a positive sign that we will play a bilateral football series against Pakistan. I'm sure all sporting fans are eagerly looking forward to it."

Venues for the games have yet to be announced.

The last three-match football series between the two nations was in 2005 in Pakistan.

Topics : Football India Pakistan
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