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Chelsea will play Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale as part of our pre-season preparations this summer.

It will be our men’s team’s first visit to Japan since the FIFA World Club Cup in 2012.

Chelsea will face Kawasaki Frontale at the International Stadium in Yokohama on Friday July 19 in a game being termed the Meiji Yasuda J.League World Challenge.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said: “We are very pleased to be able to confirm the details of this first match we have announced in our pre-season schedule, with more dates to come in the forthcoming weeks.

“It is going to be an exciting summer for the club and we are looking forward to working closely with our valued partners at The Yokohama Rubber Company to make this a visit to remember.

“We are delighted to be returning to Japan after almost seven years and we also thank the J.League for their cooperation in organising the game. We are sure Kawasaki Frontale will provide high-level opposition at a noisy and passionate International Stadium as we prepare for the season ahead.”

Mr Mitsuru Murai, J.League chairman, added: “We are pleased to announce that the J.League will stage the MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE WORLD CHALLENGE 2019 for the first time in two years. Aiming to bring its competition level higher, the J.League has deregulated the numbers of foreign players this season. And we believe that this competition also will be a great opportunity for the J.League to experience the world’s highest standards.

“Having such an aim, we are delighted to host Chelsea FC, one of the leading European clubs who has won the English Premier League five times as well as the UEFA Champions League, as a perfect opponent of Kawasaki Frontale, the back-to-back J.League champions of the 2017 and 2018 seasons. We are thrilled to witness how good Kawasaki Frontale can play against Chelsea.

“We hope the MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE WORLD CHALLENGE 2019 will be a good occasion to promote international exchanges and deepen friendship, and we are looking forward to seeing the stadium filled with enthusiastic fans this summer.”

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