When foreigners join English clubs, they expect to end up playing on muddy pitches. Javi Garcia, Matija Nastasic and Stephane Sessegnon didn’t imagine they’d end up doing so 10,000 kilometres away in Hong Kong though!
But that’s what they experienced in the above picture. The Manchester City pair and the then Sunderland attacker were competing in the final of the 2013 Asia Trophy, a four-team pre-season tournament. Edin Dzeko’s unanswered goal gave City the trophy.
With winter forthcoming in the Northern Hemisphere, and English football unusually having no break during the period, Garcia, Nastasic and Sessegnon better prepare for more fun in the mud!