Football: Dortmund will make Singapore their base ahead of July's JDT friendly in Johor

Shinji Kagawa (above), Marco Reus and the rest of Borussia Dortmund's star-studded squad will be showcasing their football skills in Asia this July - including a stopover in Singapore. -- PHOTO: AFP
Shinji Kagawa (above), Marco Reus and the rest of Borussia Dortmund's star-studded squad will be showcasing their football skills in Asia this July - including a stopover in Singapore. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHINJI Kagawa, Marco Reus and the rest of Borussia Dortmund's star-studded squad will be showcasing their football skills in Asia this July - including a stopover in Singapore.

The German giants will hold a public training session in Singapore on July 10, a day after facing Malaysian Super League champions Johor Darul Takzim in a friendly at the Larkin Stadium. JDT had earlier this year signed a long-term development programme with the German club in a bid to promote and raise the standard of the game in Johor.

Dortmund, eight-time Bundesliga winners, will be led by incoming manager Thomas Tuchel for the Asia trip. They are expected to spend three days in Singapore for promotional activities with key sponsors such as Turkish Airlines and Puma.

Dortmund, losing finalists in the 2013 Champions League final and who will compete in the German Cup final against Wolfsburg later this month, are also slated to play a match in Japan. The date and the identity of their opponents are yet to be confirmed.

"I've experienced an Asian tour with Manchester United before so I know how passionate the support can be - this is our chance to show our appreciation for their loyalty and give them an experience they won't forget," Kagawa told The Straits Times in an exclusive interview at Dortmund's training complex in Germany on Thursday.