With the Florida Cup matches beginning Thursday night, the promotion push continues.
Today, at a press conference, Florida Cup founder Ricardo Villar stated that tickets for Thursday matches — Bayer Leverkusen versus Fluminense and 1. FC Köln versus Corinthians — were approaching sold-out status, but that for fans who fail to acquire seats to the limited-capacity event, the premises will be open to fans who wish to experience the atmosphere from standing-room areas.
Players and officials from all four participating clubs are going to spend Wednesday evening at an NBA basketball game featuring the Orlando Magic hosting the Houston Rockets. The halftime break will feature representatives from each Florida Cup participants, as a four players and four fans will shoot three-point shots in a contest to spark the competitive flames a day before actual kick-off, with the German clubs competing in-tandem against the Brazilians.
Stefan Kießling will be Leverkusen’s shooter (along with Frank Rüdiger, as featured in an earlier story). Anthony Ujah will shoot for glory in the name of the Billy Goats, though the Nigerian striker is admittedly not among the basketball fans in his football club.
Florida Cup organizers also released another English-language video featuring the two German clubs’ travels and arrivals to the Sunshine State.
Featured in the 3-minute-plus video are clips from interviews with Austrian national and Köln center back Kevin Wimmer and German national team hero and current Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler, each of whom mentions they are looking forward to taking in the NBA game.
Köln’s goalkeeper Timo Horn, also a regular for Germany’s U21 side, addresses the odd nature of the FC being paired with rival Leverkusen in a teamwork endeavor, with young, rising-star midfielder Yannick Gerhardt sitting next to him for moral support on the matter.
See for yourself below.