It’s official. As reported by The Post and Courier on Monday, the Charleston Battery confirmed today that it will host two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest in an international exhibition match at Blackbaud Stadium on July 28.
This is the third consecutive year the Battery has brought an English team to the Lowcountry for a summer game. In 2010, the Battery hosted the Bolton Wanderers, losing the game, 2-0. A year ago, the Battery played Portsmouth FC to a scoreless tie.
Nottingham Forest plays in the Football League Championship. The Championship League is a division below the English Premier League, which is widely considered the top professional soccer league in the world.
Nottingham Forest is managed by Steve Cotterill, who was the manager for Portsmouth FC last year. Cotterill took over at Nottingham Forest last October.
“Everybody at Nottingham Forest are really looking forward to the game in Charleston,” Cotterill said. “The reception received last year was second to none. We made a lot of friends and I am really looking forward to reuniting with them again this year.”
Nottingham Forest is one of the most historic clubs in English soccer. Forest, as they are usually called, are one of just two English clubs to have won back-to-back European Cups (now known as the Champions League), having won in 1979 and 1980 under legendary manager Brian Clough.
“We’re really excited about having Nottingham come to Charleston,” said Battery coach Mike Anhaeuser. “They’ve got a very long and storied tradition in English soccer and have a very large following. These kinds of friendly matches are great for our players and our fans.”