Manchester City are the champions of Europe, having conquered the UEFA Champions League, to go along with Premier League and FA Cup crowns. They are arguably the top football team in the world and, on Sunday, they will take the pitch at the Japan National Stadium in the J.League World Challenge against Yokohama F·Marinos.
It’s a match up of Europe’s best and Japan’s best.
While City are the kings of their continent, Marinos stand atop their own country. The Tricolor won the Meiji Yasuda J1 League a year ago and sit atop this season’s table. Anderson Lopes remains a dangerman up front, leading J1 in goals, while Yan Matheus, Élber and Kota Mizunuma all rank among the league’s top assist men, making Marinos a group that can hit any defense.
Marinos already showed what they can do against a title-holding European club, too. They just defeated Celtic, 6-4, in a friendly that showed off their attacking prowess.
City are hardly short of attacking stars of their own. After all, this is a team with Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez, among others. They have Rodri and John Stones, plus Rúben Dias and Ederson. Oh yeah, and they’re coached by Pep Guardiola.
Put all that together and it’s not hard to see why they are the kings of England, and why they are the conquerors of Europe.
And that is the team that will put their feet on Japanese soil, at the National Stadium, and take on Japan’s top teams.
If stars are what you’re after, this is the match for you. If you yearn for excellent football, this is the match for you. If goals are what tickle your fancy, this is the match for you.
It’s Manchester City vs. Yokohama F·Marinos in the J.League World Challenge, and you’re not going to want to miss it.