Juventus to play in Australia

Italian giants Juventus will play a one-off match in Australia in August, the New South Wales state government said on Friday.

The reigning Serie A champions will play an Australian A-League All-Stars team at the Sydney Olympic stadium on 10 August.

The match follows this year's A-League All Stars clash against English champions Manchester United, which drew 83,000 fans to the same stadium.

Juventus has an estimated 1.4 million fans in Australia and is the former club of Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero, who is in the second year of a playing contract with Sydney FC.

Football Federation Australia, CEO, David Gallop said: “The All Stars concept is all about presenting the A-League on the world stage and the presence of Juventus FC in Sydney will guarantee huge domestic and international interest. It's also a great opportunity for A-League players and coaches to test themselves at the highest level.

"Once again we'll make sure the A-League fans have a big say in the selection of the All Stars, which was such a popular feature of the inaugural All Stars match last year."