pre season friendlies

German Super Cup

Germany’s forgotten hero Goetze relaunches career

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup winner Mario Goetze admits the metabolism disorder which sidelined him for five months is ‘now part of his life’, with the Germany star poised to resume playing on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund host arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup - the annual pre-season clash between the German Cup winners and Bundesliga champions respectively - on Saturday.

Germany’s forgotten hero Goetze relaunches career

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup winner Mario Goetze admits the metabolism disorder which sidelined him for five months is ‘now part of his life’, with the Germany star poised to resume playing on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund host arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup - the annual pre-season clash between the German Cup winners and Bundesliga champions respectively - on Saturday.

Newcastle United

Two More Pre-Season Friendlies Arranged

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The Chronicle is reporting thatNewcastle will play Bohemian FC in Dublin as part of their pre-season plans, and it come at the end of a week-long training camp in Ireland on July 16th. The training camp will be heldbetween July 9th and July 16th in County Kildare and that comes about 10 days after the [.

Leeds United v Newcastle United match preview and match guide.

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The latest of Newcastle United's pre season friendlies sees the Magpies facing Championship side, Leeds United, at Elland Road. Of course, like Newcastle, Leeds are a large one club city, and like Newcastle United, Leeds United are a cautionary tale that even the mighty can fall through mismanagement in the Boardroom.

Videos

Jordan Ibe Stars Again For Liverpool!

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Jordan Ibe was once again the star on show as Liverpool came from behind to beat Preston 2-1 at Deepdale today in the Red's second pre-season game in which Rickie Lambert made his debut.

Both teams ended the game with a different 11 to that which started with the hosts changing their entire team at the break, however Emre Can's calf injury early in the first half put a dampener on things for last season's Premier League runners-up!

Young Chelsea Starlet Izzy Brown is the Star as Chelsea Hit Wycombe for Five

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John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic were on the score-sheet as Chelsea thumped League Two side Wycombe Wanderers 5-0 tonight but it was their 17 year old starlet Izzy Brown who stole the show a a brilliant brace the best of which made it 5-0.

Dundee Beat Premier League Champions Manchester City Two-Nil

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Premier League Champions Manchester City's mix of first and second team players were humbled yesterday by Scottish League One side Dundee as Gary Harkin and Luka Tankulic grabbed the goals with Harkin's opener coming via a rebound after his penalty was saved by City new-boy Willy Caballero and the second coming from another set piece a corner.

VIDEO: Remember This Rooney Three Match Ban, FA?

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In the summer of 2006, Wayne Rooney was sent off during the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament for an innocuous challenge on Pepe, as both players jumped for the ball. It was only a couple of months earlier that Rooney had been sent off against Portugal in the World Cup and Pepe was prepared to use this to his advantage.

Non-League

West Didsbury & Chorlton

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Date: Tuesday 31th July 2012
Ground:Â Brookburn Road
Comp:Â Pre-Season Friendly
Match: West Didsbury & Chorlton 0 Curzon Ashton 3 HT: 0-3

ATT: circa 45
Additional: Entrance FREE, Programme £1.00

Brookburn Road in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 6, Structures/Terracing 5, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 5
Total 23

My Top 40, a list of all non league grounds at step 6 or above, within 40 miles of where I live, had a new entry this season straight in at number 25 (duh-duh duh-duh DUH) at 32.

Barnton FC

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Date: Tuesday 24th July 2012
Ground:Â Townfield
Comp:Â Pre-Season Friendly
Match: Barnton 0 Clitheroe 2 HT: 0-1

ATT: circa 35
Additional: Entrance £3.00, Programme Free with entry

Townfield in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 7, Structures/Terracing 6, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 6
Total 26

After the absurdly early start to the season at Bangor in the Europa Cup, I couldn't then wait a whole month for my next hit of football and new grounds.

Match Of The Week: Haringey Borough 2-4 Wingate & Finchley

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The new season continues to loom large on the horizon, and pre-season friendlies are a chance for clubs to try out their new signings ahead of the season proper starting. Non-League Day's Mike Bayly went to see two clubs from the bottom of football's food chain in their preparations for the new season.

English Premier League

The Arsenal Defense Cornered

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After watching our first two matches, I have some thoughts and observations I'd like to share. This may be (hopefully) a busy week, so as you read this some personnel may have changed.

I have been keeping up with the blogs, and there is an unusual amount of agreement among fans about the defense, and the team in general.

The Arsenal Defense Cornered

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After watching our first two matches, I have some thoughts and observations I'd like to share. This may be (hopefully) a busy week, so as you read this some personnel may have changed.

I have been keeping up with the blogs, and there is an unusual amount of agreement among fans about the defense, and the team in general.

Reds Kick Off League Campaign With Trip To Baggies

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Steve looking chuffed with his new job...
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Brendan Rodgers faces a relatively kind start to his Premier League season as Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday to face West Bromwich Albion. The pre season friendlies and the start to the Europa League provided some relief to those football withdrawal symptoms but it's safe to say we're very close to being in full swing now.

Manchester City’s Starting XI: Tevez and Aguero?

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Manchester City won two pre-season friendlies over the weekend beating Wolfsburg 2-0 and Limerick 4-0 and the Premier League champions (still feels a bit weird typing that) look like they are having no problems in their preparation for ... Continue reading →

What Is The Correct Level of Analysis After A Pre-Season Friendly?

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I haven't been writing regularly recently and that's mainly because there's very little I have to say right now. Didn't want to read too much into pre-season friendlies and transfer rumours don't excite me anymore. But today I had a good chat with some people on twitter about the game against City and it's given me enough thoughts to write this post and make some points that have been troubling me for a while.

NUFC Target Debuchy, Douglas, and Krkic

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There's been increasing speculation in the past few days regarding Newcastle United's foray into the transfer market, or lack thereof. Both the club and Manager are sticking to their policy of not being held to ransom with ridiculous transfer fees, Luuk De Jong and FC Twente being one such example.

NUFC Target Debuchy, Douglas, and Krkic

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There's been increasing speculation in the past few days regarding Newcastle United's foray into the transfer market, or lack thereof. Both the club and Manager are sticking to their policy of not being held to ransom with ridiculous transfer fees, Luuk De Jong and FC Twente being one such example.

Football World:Will the bubble actually burst?

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With football financial fair play rules on he horizon a warning once again has been sent out to football clubs about the potential financial disaster awaiting those who don't curb their wild spending.

A new report by José María Gay de Liébana - football finance specialist at the University of Barcelona - this month warns a "football bubble crash" across Europe if clubs don't start acting responsibly.

Vermaelen Touches Upon A Critical Topic

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Arsenal.com had an interesting article today with some quotes from Thomas Vermaelen. In essence, the Belgian said that the Gunners have to leave the past behind and make a fresh start from scratch.

Everybody starts from zero and everybody has to start again.

You get a new chance and that's always a good feeling when people give you another chance to win something.

AQUILANI "STAYING AT LIVERPOOL"

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Welcome news today is that it looks like Liverpool playmaker, Alberto Aquilani will be staying at Anfield.
The attacking midfielder returned from his loan-spell at Juventus this Summer and he has been very impressive in the pre-season friendlies in the Far East, setting up several goals for his team-mates.

Seasons Of Mist & Mellow Fruitfulness: Swansea City & The Premier League

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The fixtures are out and the pre-season friendlies have started. This is a time of year for unbridled optimism and Swansea City supporter David James can look forward to his team's first appearance in the top division of the game since 1983. They've had quite a journey to get back there, though.

God Wants a Job, Financial Fair Play, and Other Monday Notes

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Some of us might be able to spend the day watching Raheem Sterling's wonder strike over and over again, but that doesn't mean there aren't other things out there to worry about from a Liverpool point of view. Besides, a quick break to catch up on the Monday news and notes could do you good...

* First off, God wants a job.

Anyone But Buriram PEA

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I think I'm gonna drop the Thai Premier League from my list of games to see this season. It's so obvious Buriram PEA will win the title and don't be surprised if Buriram get promoted either. They sit 6th after their opening four games but crucially remain unbeaten.
Back in 2009 it looked like the TPL was on course to become the major league in the region but the nefarious influence of certain individuals, plus your run of the mill incompetence, means that 2010 was, at least in my feeble opinion, a bit of a let down, though I may have had a different view had Bangkok Glass managed to show consistency.

madrid

FC Barcelona starts 2012-13 Liga Campaign against Sociedad

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  • Tito Vilanova debuts as Barca Manager at Camp Nou.
  • Messi, Xavi, Iniesta all are expected to start FC Barcelona's First Liga Match.


Lionel Messi against Real Sociedad

The time has arrived to start the pursuit for another La Liga title and also to kick start a new era, which hopefully will be called as the "Tito Era".

FC Barcelona starts 2012-13 Liga Campaign against Sociedad

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  • Tito Vilanova debuts as Barca Manager at Camp Nou.
  • Messi, Xavi, Iniesta all are expected to start FC Barcelona's First Liga Match.


Lionel Messi against Real Sociedad

The time has arrived to start the pursuit for another La Liga title and also to kick start a new era, which hopefully will be called as the "Tito Era".

Arsenal

Arsenal’s pre-season fixtures with mini previews

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Arsenal team that will most likely travel for the Pre-season friendlies by KJ We have all missed Arsenal dearly over the last month. Soon we will finally get our needed fix with Arsenal planning to play some very interesting friendlies all over the world. 14th July: We play an interesting archetype of the game we [.

Forget the transfer stories for a few weeks

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Everywhere you look at the moment, people are fretting over transfers. Will van Persie still be here next season? What about Walcott's contract? Or Song's? Will M'Vila arrive, or Giroud, or maybe some other stars that we so desperately need? And what about the clearout? We still haven't got rid of anyone from that long list, surely we need to be getting on with it?

Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain finally Arsenal bound

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Alex Oxlade Chamberlain telling the ball to heel

Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain, another "wide eyed wide player" who Arsene Wenger has chased for 17 of his 18 years of existence is on the verge of joining Arsenal after undergoing a medical. He is from Theo Walcott's former club Southampton and has similar attributes to Theo which sort of makes him redundant.

The 2011/12 Arsenal squad looks to be the biggest ever

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Untold Arsenal on Twitter @UntoldArsenal By Tony Attwood Updating the squad list for the coming season is in some ways easy after all we have seen the team put out by Mr Wenger in the pre-season friendlies and from this we can start to put together our 25 player list. But to get a [...]

Would it be wrong for Spurs to sign Adebayor?

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Emmanuel had been advised to 'cover up' during games to stay warm but this was just ridiculousYou won't find transfer rumours discussed in too much depth round these parts. But the proposed loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor has the potential to polarise opinion amongst Spurs fans in a way not seen since, erm, William Gallas.

The Rest

Pre-Season Friendlies Announced

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A little bit late getting this post up, but AEK have announced four friendlies they'll be playing while in Poland for pre-season training. The four games are as follows (all times are local time):

AEK Banik Ostrava (Czech First Division), 4:00 PM, June 6th

AEK Korona Kielce (Polish First Division), 6:00 PM, June 9th

AEK Wigry (Polish Second Division), 5:00 PM, June 12th

AEK Pogon (Polish Second Division), 5:00 PM, June 14th

Not too familiar with any of the opposition so I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm excited nonetheless.

Brilliant Ferhan Hasani Solo Winner Against Liverpool

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Brondby's 24 year old Macedonian winger Ferhan Hasani scored a brilliant solo goal to give Bronby an injury-time winner against Liverpool tonight!

Hasani slalomed past 4 Liverpool defender's before hitting the winner and amongst the fumbling defenders was Martin Skrtel who will need to be a lot better come next month when the Premier League kicks-off in earnest!

Tommy Smith Olympic Player

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Tommy Smith made a welcome return to the Ipswich Town side today after his New Zealand team were knocked out of the Olympics.
The Oly Whites ended their London 2012 experience bottom of the group, but that won't have been too disappointing for the side which also included Chris Wood (BristolCity) and Ryan Nelsen (QPR).

Butt’s Brain: Oscar to Chelsea, Bale Scores, Modric & More

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A bit of what's going on in Butt's Brain as the transfer season continues and pre-season friendlies are in full swing: Chelsea have splashed the cash on 20-year-old Brazil playmaker Oscar from Internacional Greedy Luka Modric has ruined his spell ... Continue reading →

Real Madrid to charge fans $85-382 to watch UCLA training session

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Ahead of their four pre-season friendlies in the United States this summer, Real Madrid will hold an 'open' training session at the UCLA campus on August 4th. It's only 'open', however, if you are willing to pay for the privilege of watching Xabi Alonso stretch.

Last year's UCLA training session was closed to the public, but Los Blancos have now decided to captilize on Californians with an insatiable appetite for seeing millionaires run around cones, charging fans up to $382 for a VIP pass.

PSG Eye Liverpool Midfielder In Latest Big Money Move

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Queens Park Rangers has already had dealings with Paris Saint-Germain in this transfer window and refusing to sell Adel Taraabt may come back to haunt them.
PSG has entered the race for Joe Cole and with the Liverpool's midfielder's £90,000-a-week wages proving a stumbling block in QPR's loan bid, the French outfit are in pole position to sign Cole.

Vacuum biles and alternative angles

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In the seven days since last we spoke there have been some comings, some goings, some to-ings and some fro-ings. The gentle waft of the arriving football season is just beginning to tantalise the nostrils like the scent of a neighbour's barbecue on a balmy summer's evening. The first pre season friendlies are taking place; Harry Redknapp is getting RSI from winding down his windows for reporters and by now Xavi has doubtless done himself a similar mischief from acts of self abuse over his Cesc Fabregas photo album.