Man City add Grasshoppers to global alliance

November 16, 2007

Manchester City have added three more clubs to their burgeoning global alliance.

After announcing partnership deals with South Africa's Thanda Royal Zulu, Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shen Hua and FC Moscow earlier this week, renowned Swiss outfit Grasshoppers are among the latest batch of clubs to agree to work with City.

Well-supported A-League side Perth Glory, plus Chonburi, a Thai representative in keeping with the nationality of City owner Thaksin Shinawatra have also joined the throng.

The clubs will share expertise by working together in areas including coaching exchanges and youth tournaments, plus coaching and player analysis techniques and improving player rehabilitation.

Ties between City and its partner clubs will also be strengthened through improved commercial and marketing opportunities and initiatives.

City also announced the signing of three Thailand internationals.

The trio, who all had trials with the club in August, are Kiatprawut Saiwaew, Suree Sukha and Teerasil Dangda. They featured for Thailand at the Asian Cup in the summer.

Both Perth and Grasshoppers have expressed an interest in hosting the players.