Corinthians, Fluminense to meet Bundesliga pair in Florida Cup

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 31 (IANS) Brazilian football clubs Corinthians and Fluminense will compete against Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen and FC Koln in the Florida Cup in January.

The four-match tournament, confirmed on the Bundesliga’s official website Thursday, will provide the German clubs with a chance to fine-tune their preparations for the restart of the top-flight season Jan 20, reports Xinhua.
“We’re delighted to be able to participate in what is a high-profile tournament,” Koln sporting director Jorg Schmadtke said. “It’s a great incentive for FC Koln to boost our profile in the US.”
Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade added: “We’ll have two games against two strong teams from Brazil, which makes this an interesting event on a footballing level. Furthermore, the market in the US is a very attractive one, not only for Bayer 04, but for German football as well.”
The first Florida Cup fixtures Jan 15 will feature Corinthians-Koln and Fluminense-Bayer Leverkusen in Orlando.
Two days later Corinthians meet Bayer Leverkusen and Fluminense clash with Koln in Jacksonville.