[L-R] John Barnes (Liverpool FC), Ong Ling Lee, Executive Director, Sports & Wellness, Giovane Elber (FC Bayern Munich), Timothy Ho, Managing Director, TEG Asia, Marco Cassetti (AS Roma), Allison Chew, Head of PR, Brand and Marketing, AIA Singapore, Yogender Sharma, Marketing Manager Tiger & Guinness, Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore, Emile Heskey (Leicester City FC), Jovine Chuang, AVP, ComfortDelGro Zig, Gary Mabbutt (Tottenham Hotspur), Patrick Lee, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Singapore.
Liverpool FC, Leicester City FC, FC Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur
and AS Roma to play at the National Stadium
Ahead of the 2023/2024 football season in Europe’s top leagues, Singapore fans can look forward to a week of thrilling action as the Republic will host the inaugural Singapore Festival of Football Driven by CDG Zig from 26 July to 2 August. Premier League giants Liverpool FC will return to the National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub for a second straight year, right before the new season starts on 12 August.
They will be joined by German powerhouses FC Bayern Munich and 2015/2016 Premier League champions Leicester City FC. The week-long fiesta will be opened by the Tiger Cup: Tottenham Hotspur and AS Roma on 26 July, as announced previously, with Tiger Beer featuring as the presenting partner.
Spurs, Liverpool FC and FC Bayern Munich will also hold open training sessions. The two English clubs will hold their sessions at the 55,000-seat National Stadium while FC Bayern Munich are expected to announce details of their open training session in the coming weeks.
The Reds will play two matches at the National Stadium after an open training session on 29 July. They will defend their Standard Chartered Singapore Trophy, presented by Standard Chartered, when they take on Leicester City on 30 July. They then return to the pitch on 2 August to contest the Singapore Trophy, presented by Audi and Standard Chartered, against Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern Munich, who are making a much-anticipated return to Singapore since their last visit in 2017.
The Singapore Festival of Football Driven by CDG Zig is the first large-scale football event with multiple matches featuring European clubs to be held here since 2019. It heralds the sustained return of major events to Singapore as international tourism into the country continues to grow. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), it also cements the Republic’s standing in the region as a prime host of key events. With elements from iconic stadiums such as Anfield in England and the Allianz Arena in Germany converging at Singapore’s National Stadium, fans here will again be able to experience the electrifying atmosphere of international football matches – a fitting preview ahead of the start of the new football season in Europe. The public will also get various opportunities to catch a glimpse of their favourite footballers visiting iconic sites across the island.
The Singapore Festival of Football Driven by CDG Zig is organised by TEG Sport, the team behind last year’s Standard Chartered Singapore Trophy, in which Liverpool defeated fellow English club Crystal Palace FC 2-0 in front of over 50,000 fans. The inaugural edition sees Liverpool FC's official main partner, Standard Chartered, returning as presenting partner of their matches while strong support from local companies provide an added boost to the event. CDG Zig is on board as the title sponsor, while Tiger Beer is also the official beer of the event. With key local and international partners joining forces, the Singapore Festival of Football Driven by CDG Zig is gearing up to be a spectacular affair to be enjoyed by the masses.
Patrick Lee, Cluster CEO, Singapore and ASEAN Markets, Standard Chartered, said: “We are delighted to welcome Liverpool FC to Singapore again, and look forward to the top-level entertainment the team will bring to our clients, colleagues and the communities here, along with the other leading European clubs. Football has a unique ability to bring together people from all walks of life and Standard Chartered is excited to be able to play a leading role in delivering a memorable experience to fans in Singapore, both on and off the pitch, at this inaugural football extravaganza.”
Geoff Jones, CEO TEG, said: “The Singapore Festival of Football Driven by CDG Zig marks an exciting time for football fans in Singapore and the region. We witnessed the overwhelming support and electrifying atmosphere at last year’s game, and we are pleased to be able to bring back the highest quality football with five teams from three of the world’s top leagues playing at the National Stadium. Watch out for an action-packed week filled with fan engagement activities and opportunities for the public to catch a glimpse of the teams and players as they explore the magnificent sights that Singapore has to offer. There is something for everyone and it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.”
STB’s Chief Executive Keith Tan said: “We are excited to build on the success of last year’s match to offer a star-studded week of football that will attract passionate fans from around the region. The Singapore Festival of Football Driven by CDG Zig will be a major highlight in our vibrant calendar of events this year, and we look forward to fans and visitors enjoying the action on the field as well as outside the field, experiencing what our city has to offer.”
Jackson Chia, CEO of ComfortDelGro Private Mobility Group, said: “We are excited to partner with TEG Sport for this year’ Singapore Festival of Football with our all-new CDG Zig App interface that is not only more user friendly but has new features such as bus booking. Football-goers can now consider booking taxis and chartering buses if they plan to travel in groups to and from the National Stadium to watch their favourite football clubs in action. They can also consider the dining feature to reserve seats at restaurants or to order takeaway so meals are also taken care of before the matches begin."
Week-long Fan Festival
Besides world-class football action, spectators can also look forward to a series of entertaining offerings at the Football Fan Interactive Festival Village throughout the week. The village will be open to the public on open training and match days as well as on 1 Aug, a day before the final match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern Munich.
Complementing the main events at the National Stadium, the village will be home to a wide range of engagement activities as well as food and beverage options to give local and foreign fans the complete festival experience.
Tickets for all the events for the Singapore Festival of Football Driven by CDG Zig will go on general sale via Ticketek Singapore from 22 May, 10am. Tickets can be purchased here.
The full schedule of the Singapore Festival of Football Driven by CDG Zig is as follows:
Tottenham Hotspur open training
Venue: National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub
Date: 25 July 2023
Liverpool FC open training
Venue: National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub
Date: 29 July 2023
FC Bayern Munich open training
Date: 1 August 2023
All matches will be played at the National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub.