London: Indian-owned English Premier League
side Blackburn Rovers are planning to play a pre-season
friendly against Brazillian top side Flamengo in India this
summer, reports said on Tuesday.
Blackburn, who are owned by Indian poultry giants
Venky`s, will play against Flamengo before the EPL side move
to Hong Kong to play in the Premier League Asia Trophy later
Blackburn manager Steve Kean said the plan was discussed
in a meeting he had with the owners Venky`s last month.
"We spoke about pre-season and we are probably going to
play a game against (Brazilian side) Flamengo in India before
moving on to Hong Kong for the Premier League Asia Trophy,"
Kean was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"We will probably do a pre-season camp in Europe and then
have quite a long stint in India and Hong Kong - it will
probably be a 13 or 14-day trip. The quality of the games will
be good and it will be an opportunity to globally expand the
"We just want to show other parts of the world who have
not seen the team play, that is one of the main ideas of the
owners, to expand who we are in emerging markets," he said.