Blackburn Rovers stars Emerton and Nelsen pumped for Sydney’s football festival

Blackburn Rovers pair Brett Emerton and Ryan Nelsen are excited about the upcoming Festival of Football to be held in Sydney.

Australia’s Emerton and New Zealand’s Nelsen will be a part of the travelling Rovers squad who will meet Sydney FC, AEK Athens and Glasgow Rangers in the three-match round robin at the Sydney Football Stadium in between July 25 and 31 and both players, who represented their nations at the World Cup, were looking forward to the event.

"The world cup was an incredible experience, something I will remember forever, but now it's back to business with Blackburn Rovers,” Nelsen told event organizers.

“I'm really looking forward to heading across to Sydney for the Festival of Football and I know the lads back in the UK are too.

“It's an exciting concept and there are certain to be no easy games with Rangers and AEK Athens FC amongst the strongest clubs in Europe." Nelsen said.

Emerton added: "Events like these are vital if Australia is to host the 2022 World Cup.

"Everybody knows Sydney is a beautiful city, but there are football purists out there that would rather the game's showpiece event go elsewhere. This is an opportunity for Sydney to stand up and show the world we are a footballing country worthy of hosting the World Cup.”

Tickets for the Sydney Festival of Football are available now through Ticketek with Adult prices starting from just $29!