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Melbourne Victory returning to Asia ahead of 2009/10 season

Melbourne Victory will return to Asia to face Chinese Super League (CSL) sides Guangzhou Pharmaceutical and Tianjin Teda in June ahead of the 2009/10 season. Melbourne Victory, which will be grouped against one of four Chinese sides in the AFC Champions League 2010, will play Guangzhou at YueXiuShan Stadium on Friday, 5 June and Tianjin at TEDA Football Stadium two days later.

"Preparation is one of the fundamental keys to success and these two matches in China will provide a fantastic opportunity for the team to compete against high quality opposition ahead of the 2009/10 season," Melbourne Victory Coach Ernie Merrick said.

"We also have Asia's biggest club competition to look forward to and this experience will be invaluable in ensuring our players are ready for the challenges that lay ahead, both domestically and abroad."

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