VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, who have both been active in the Far East for several years now, will play a friendly on 24 May 2019 at the Century Lotus Stadium in Foshan in southern China. The last time an all-Bundesliga meeting took place in China was in 2012, when VfL played against FC Bayern Munich.
Sustainable football development
It will be the Wolves' fourth trip to China following visits in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and VfL Wolfsburg Managing Director Michael Meeske believes 2019 is the right time to return to the country: "Obviously we orient ourselves in part to markets that are relevant for Volkswagen and see whether there is significant interest in football there. China has long been an exciting target market for us and by opening a representative office in Beijing in 2017, VfL Wolfsburg laid the foundations for the future. Alongside financial interests, we're also focusing on sustainable support to develop football in China. For example, through selected VfL coaches we are driving forward the transfer of expertise in many regions of the country. After two disappointing years in sporting terms, the time has come – following a season that has been enjoyable – to visit our numerous fans in China."
Visit to twin city Nanhai
In addition to the game against Eintracht Frankfurt, the Wolves are also planning a visit to Wolfsburg's sister city Nanhai, a district of Foshan in the Guangdong province, and numerous other activities for the club's Chinese fans.
The meeting between VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt in Foshan is being organised by Foshan Sports Industry with the support of agency Match IQ.