Strengthening links with the Chinese community

Melbourne Victory has continued to strengthen the club's already strong ties with the city's Chinese community.

Melbourne Victory has continued to strengthen the club's already strong ties with the city's Chinese community.

Chairman Anthony Di Pietro, MVFC director Mario Biasin and MVFC Company Secretary and LOC AFC Asian Cup Director Chris Nikou joined several high profile members of the Chinese community to discuss potential partnerships at a special dinner last week, organised by former Melbourne Victory and FFA board member, Jack Reilly.

Guests on the night included: Consul General of the People-s Republic of China to Melbourne - Mr Yumin Song (pictured with the Chairman above), Liu Yu - Commercial Consul General, Xu Ziaodong - Vice Consul, Koby Wong - Vice Consul General, Lyndsey Cattermole AM - Director of Major Events Victoria and Ted Baillieu - former Premier of Victoria.

Mr Di Pietro said the night was a great success and with the AFC Asian Cup to be hosted in January in Australia, the eyes of the Asian football world would soon turn to Melbourne, an opportunity that could not be missed.

"We've seen through our most recent AFC Champions League campaign that there is a great opportunity to build strong networks off the pitch, especially with our good friends in the Chinese community," Mr Di Pietro said.

"We are certainly keen to embrace that passion as we look at ways we can form stronger partnerships and further extend this great club's footprint throughout Asia.

"Whether that's with friendly games in Asia in the future or training camps during our pre-season, we'll have to wait and see, but we are very excited about our new friendships with the Chinese community."