Sydney United 58 FC to face Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC

Premiers: Sydney United 58 FC will play Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC in a friendly match on January 31. Picture: Football NSW

Premiers: Sydney United 58 FC will play Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC in a friendly match on January 31. Picture: Football NSW

Sydney United 58 captain Nick Stavroulakis has thought about it.

In fact, he hasn’t stopped thinking about it since it was announced Sydney United 58 FC had been invited by Chinese Super League club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC to play a friendly.

“To play against the likes of Carlos Tevez, Obafemi Martins and Fredy Guarin would be a dream come true,” Stavroulakis told the Champion.

“For a semi-pro club to play a team like Shanghai is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it is very exciting.”

The 2016 National Premier League champions will leave on Saturday for a week-long camp that includes a friendly against one of the world’s wealthiest teams on January 31. Tevez could make his debut against the Edensor Park-based team after his move from Boca Juniors as they ramp up preparations for the upcoming Asian Champions League.

“I think they wanted a friendly against an Australian team because they could potentially play the Brisbane Roar in the Champions League and after winning the NPL last year they saw us as the next best outside an A-League team,” Stavroulakis said.

New coach Davor Bajsic will lead a new-looked Reds outfit in 2017 with plenty of new faces.

Star power: Argentine striker Carlos Tevez with his Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC jersey this week in China. Picture: AP

Star power: Argentine striker Carlos Tevez with his Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC jersey this week in China. Picture: AP

This story Shanghai sojourn first appeared on Fairfield City Champion.