Gold Coast franchise strike relationship with Beijing
New A-League club Gold Coast United has struck up a 'sister relationship' with a top Chinese Super League club. Beijing Guoan FC, who have made their home the Beijing National Stadium, or the 'Bird's Nest' as it's more commonly known, has agreed to the arrangement and will play Gold Coast in the Australian club's first competitive match there in June 2009. Gold Coast United Chairman, Professor Clive Palmer said the relationship would be of great benefit to the new club. "The memorandum of understanding sets up a very exciting cooperative relationship between Gold Coast United and Beijing Guoan. It will provide for an exchange system that will include players, coaching methods and ideas, technologies and marketing," he said. "The most exciting thing in the short-term is that we will be playing against Beijing Guoan next June in the 'Bird's Nest' stadium. They've played some great sides in the past, Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, etc. "The world is bigger than our own backyard and this is the start of what we hope will be an opportunity to spread the name of Gold Coast United around the globe. Our aim in future years is to take the team to Europe and be competitive with teams over there. We have to build up to that of course, but it's what we hope to do."