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Rovers and Real friendly details announced

Updated: Saturday, 20 Jun 2009 11:18

Tallaght Stadium will play host to the latest generation of Galacticos
Tallaght Stadium will play host to the latest generation of Galacticos

The date for Shamrock Rovers' glamour friendly with Real Madrid at Tallaght Stadium has been confirmed as Monday, 20 July.

But seeing stars such as Kaka and Raul will not come cheap, as ticket prices for the game have been set at €60 (excluding charges) by organisers Platinum One.

The ground's capacity will be brought up to 9,000 for the visit of the Spanish giants.

The club's season ticket holders will be able to buy tickets from tomorrow morning by logging on to http://platinumonegroup.ticketsolve.com or www.shamrockrovers.ie.

They will go on general sale on Monday.

The clash between Real and the Hoops will come towards the end of Madrid's ten-day pre-season training camp at Carton House in Co Kildare.

Commenting on the announcement, Jorge Valdano, Real's General Director and Presidential Advisor, said: 'We are delighted to be travelling to Ireland for this important part of our pre-season training.

'Our technical staff had considered a number of different locations but we are confident that the exceptional facilities in Carton House, Co Kildare will provide the perfect environment for our first team squad to prepare for the coming season.'

Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche admitted playing Real will be a 'dream' for the eircom League of Ireland Premier Division outfit.

'This is a dream fixture for any club,' he said.

'Our fans have had a long wait to become established in a new home and now in our first season at the Tallaght Stadium we are being given the opportunity to host the biggest football club in the world.

'This is great news for Shamrock Rovers and the domestic game in general.'

There is every chance that the game will see Brazilian playmaker Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo (pending the completion of his move to the Bernabeu from Manchester United) make their debuts in Real’s famous white jersey.

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