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Barcelona will face Mexican side Leon in the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Camp Nou on Monday, the 18th of August.
The Uruguayan star was slapped with quite a harsh punishment after he was seen biting Italian international Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup which saw him being banned for four months from all football related activities. However upon his appeal the Court of Arbitration for Sport eased the terms and the former Liverpool star can now train with his teammates, which also means that the 27 year old... Read the rest of the article »
Warsaw plays host to a pre-season warm-up match between Real Madrid and Fiorentina on Saturday, August 16th.
For the second consecutive season, Fiorentina will be again competing on three fronts--Serie A, the Europa League, and in the Coppa Italia. However, this time, thanks to their fourth-placed finish, as well as Napoli securing a Champions League spot, they won't have to go through the play-offs.
And while the Viola have some concerns on their minds due to the ongoing transfer saga surrounding... Read the rest of the article »
Manchester United will return to Old Trafford where they face Spanish side Valencia in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, the 12th of August.
The Red Devils maintained a perfect record in preseason games after picking a 3-1 win over fellow English team Liverpool in the International Champions Cup Final. Under the tutelage of their new coach Van Gaal, United have looked a completely different team and the 20 time league champions are yet to lose a match under the Dutchman.
The former Netherlands coach has received praise from many... Read the rest of the article »
Chelsea takes on Real Sociedad as they continue to prepare for the new season.
Real Sociedad will be taking on English opposition once again in a club friendly, having suffered defeat to Newcastle United by a narrow margin, 1-0 to be precise. Chelsea is their next opponent. Chelsea is coming into this one on the back of a 2-1 victory over Ferencvarosi. They went 1-0 down following a goal by former Fulham man, Zoltan Gera but equalized via their Brazilian midfielder... Read the rest of the article »
Chelsea face Hungarian side Ferencvaros in a preseason friendly on Sunday, the 10th of August at the Groupama Arena.
The Blues suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat at the hands of German side Werder Bremen but will be looking to produce a better performance as their remaining world cup stars return to the squad. The English side looked out of sorts as they suffered a heavy defeat last time out. Belgian hot shot Thibaut Courtois made his first start in a Chelsea shirt however it was far from a dream debut as the star keeper... Read the rest of the article »
Liverpool, after a lengthy exile, will be back in the UEFA Champions League this season; they are set to experience a taste of the competition in preseason as they play one of its best teams over the past two seasons, Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund has managed to hold on to all their big players with the exception of Robert Lewandowski, who decided to join Bayern last season. Perhaps, more importantly, they have managed to hold on to manager Jürgen Klopp. They have sustained their success over a period of five years. They came very close to taking the UEFA Champions League winners of 2014, Real Madrid, to extra time... Read the rest of the article »
Mega summer transfer signing, Diego Costa, scored a brilliant solo goal to open the scoring in Chelsea’s friendly against Fenerbahçe.
The Brazilian-born Spaniard had a World Cup campaign to forget as La Furia Roja crashed out of the tournament in the group stages. However, after inspiring former club Atletico Madrid to reach the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League final and clinching the Spanish Primera Division title, Diego Costa looks ready to impress at his new club in London.
Diego Costa showed a glimpse of what he can do when... Read the rest of the article »
Barcelona will continue their preparations for the new season as they go against Finnish outfit Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi at the Sonera Stadium on Saturday, the 9th of August.
After a disappointing outing last time out which saw the Spanish side suffer a 1-0 loss at the hands of Napoli, the Catalans will be hoping to turn things around by putting a positive performance against the Finnish side.
The Spanish giants enjoyed much possession in the opening minutes and did create a number of goal scoring opportunities. However an error from new signing Claudio Bravo saw... Read the rest of the article »
FC Bayern are the first German side and only the second team outside of Great Britain to take part in the MLS All-Star Game.
The MLS All-Star game is a precious one in the views of Americans and Canadians. The best stars of their league are tested against a top European side. However, while both sides will be looking to win this one, odds of Bayern fielding their best German stars are low. Instead of Bastian Schweinsteiger, the fans have a better chance of seeing Tobias Schweinsteiger for example. They... Read the rest of the article »
After guiding Argentina all the way to the World Cup final, Lionel Messi enjoyed extended holidays with partner Antonella Roccuzzo and his son Thiago. La Pulga is now back… with something new!
Having failed to win a single trophy in 2014, there is no UEFA Super Cup or Supercopa de España clash on the Blaugrana’s list of fixtures this summer. What they have lined up are club friendlies as their competitive season starts on August 24th with a home game against Elche.
The Catalans are currently getting used to playing under Luis Enrique who replaced Tata Martino as coach... Read the rest of the article »
Atletico Madrid, coming off an excellent season, might struggle in the upcoming one; Galatasaray on the other hand will look to improve under Cesare Prandelli.
A season of change beckons for one while a season of stability beckons for another. Atletico Madrid, the best team in Spain if domestic results are to go by and so nearly the best in Europe, have lost many of their important players. One man they have not lost though is Diego Simeone, who knows that he has what it takes to break the Barca-Madrid duopoly as a manager. Simeone has... Read the rest of the article »
Napoli and Barcelona will meet in a preseason friendly at the Stade de Genève on Wednesday, the 6th of August.
New manager Luis Enrique will be hoping for a win on Wednesday after a disappointing outing last time out against Nice. The French side took an early lead against the Spanish giants as Dario Cvitanich expertly converted a penalty in the 21st minute. However his opener was cancelled out by Xavi’s equalizer in the 68th minute who also struck from the penalty spot.
The Spanish veteran however... Read the rest of the article »
After an indifferent start to the summer, Juventus will be looking to kick-start things in their first game of their three-match Asian & Australian tour.
It would be an understatement to say that this summer has been a bit tumultuous for Juventus fans. Seemingly out of the blue, Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte, who had guided them to three consecutive Scudetti abruptly handed in his resignation. The press in Italy were naturally abuzz with reasons as to why the former midfielder decided to suddenly depart, with one primary reason reportedly being a difference... Read the rest of the article »
Chelsea takes on Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in a rematch of their contests in the 2006-07 edition of the UEFA Champions League.
The face of Werder Bremen has changed dramatically since their previous meeting against Chelsea in 2006. Chelsea's personnel have changed over the years but the man on the sidelines is the same one who shook Thomas Schaaf's hand in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. This fact in itself is strange. Chelsea has a history of changing managers rapidly, especially since Roman Abramovich... Read the rest of the article »
Extensive Coverage from Portland, Ore., Leading up to MLS All-Stars vs. German Bundesliga Champion Bayern Munich
ESPN media platforms will combine to provide unprecedented coverage of the 2014 MLS All-Star Game between a team of Major League Soccer All-Stars and Bayern Munich -- current German Bundesliga champion and club with the most players on Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning team -- Wednesday, Aug. 6, live from Providence Park in Portland, Ore. ESPN’s presentation of the match will begin... Read the rest of the article »
Barcelona play French side Nice in a pre-season friendly at the Allianz Riviera on Saturday, the 2nd of August.
Saturday’s encounter will be Barcelona’s second pre season game before the 2014/2015 La Liga campaign kicks off. The Catalan side was in action on the 19th of July last time out which saw them pick up a 1-0 win over Recreativo Huelva. However that team hardly included any first team members but the side expected to be fielded against Nice is likely to include many of the star players.
Marquee... Read the rest of the article »
As Benfica look to rebound following yet another loss in a major European final, they take on a team which has surprisingly splashed more cash than they usually do in Arsenal.
Benfica has lost two Europa League finals in succession. They have presented themselves in Europe magnificently over the last two seasons nonetheless. Benfica's goal this season must be to do better in the UEFA Champions League than they did last season, especially considering they had extra motivation as the final was held in their own stadium in 2014. They will of course represent Portugal as... Read the rest of the article »
Celtic, following a hammering in Poland at the hands of Legia Warsaw, take on Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly.
Celtic, for so long the face of Scottish football, is suffering currently. Perhaps, their troubles started when their domestic league became too uncompetitive. Perhaps, a move to the English Premier League would have benefitted them although it would hurt their Scottish pride to no end. Celtic not too long ago regularly participated in the Champions League, giving every team they played a good fight. Unfortunately... Read the rest of the article »
Bayern will take on Chivas Guadalajara at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey as they look to attract more fans in the USA.
A trip to the US is definitely not a priority in terms of preparation for a new season, especially one after the World Cup. However, Bayern is seemingly looking to sell itself to fans outside Germany. The club wants a wider audience in the USA. They only recently opened an office in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Now, they will be playing in the home of New York's football... Read the rest of the article »
The Blues hope to keep up their good pre-season form with another friendly clash versus Eredivisie side Vitesse.
All in all, one can argue that it's been pretty smooth sailing for Chelsea so far.
The Blues have been able to make it through their pre-season fixtures without suffering a single defeat, although at times they have looked largely unconvincing, especially when they were held to a draw against RZ Pellets.
Still, somewhat encouraging for Jose Mourinho will be his team's performance against... Read the rest of the article »