Southeast Asia Vietnam

Borussia Dortmund to Tour ASEAN During World Cup Break

Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have announced that they will play friendlies in Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam during the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup break this coming November and December.

Announcing the news through their official website on Monday, Dortmund revealed that they will make use of the World Cup break to maintain their fitness and condition by playing games across Southeast Asia, bringing with them a combination of players that didn’t participate in the tournament and a number of youngsters.

Dortmund will embark on their tour from November 21st to December 1st, playing a local team in Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam respectively.

Though the exact dates of their tour hasn’t been announced yet by Dortmund, both Persib Bandung and Persebaya Surabaya are set to take on BVB in the Indonesian leg of the tour, with Dortmund playing both the Maung Bandung and the Bajul Ijo in a trofeo-style tournament that will take place on a single day. As for the Singaporean leg, Dortmund are set to take on partner club Lion City Sailors at the city state. No information has been provided so far on who will become Dortmund’s opponents in Vietnam.

As quoted by their official website, Dortmund sporting director Sebastien Kehl had this to say, “The unique interruption to the season in November and December represents an unusual challenge for all clubs. It was also important for us to use these weeks as well as possible for the players who are not taking part in the World Cup. That also includes players from our U-23s and our U-19s, whom we want to introduce to the senior squad at a high level. This exciting trip will help in that regard and we’re looking forward to it, because in addition to the sporting challenge, we see it as an obligation for Borussia Dortmund to represent our club and the entire Bundesliga internationally.”