Club Friendly Related Content
Stay glued to your TV as Manchester United vs Barcelona airs live from the Nya Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden.
It is arguably the biggest international club friendly of the week. Two-time UEFA Champions League winning coach Alex Ferguson takes on Tito Vilanova’s Barcelona. Winning is important for both clubs although there is nothing competitive at sake.
Football fans are likely to see a blend of fringe players and well-known stars in action. Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney are three Manchester United key players expected to feature against Barcelona in Sweden.
However, the man everyone wants to see is Lionel Messi. The Argentine captained the Catalans in their latest fixture. That was against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s PSG at the Parc des Princes in France.
A few club friendly matches come up your way this Sunday. One of them features Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.
No need to travel all the way to Oslo, Norway. Catch Valerenga vs Manchester United on various TV channels across the globe.
The Score has promised to broadcast this game live from the Ullevaal Stadio at exactly 10:00am EST in Canada.
In USA, tune in to FOX Deportes or FOX Soccer Channel to enjoy yet another pre-season encounter involving the Red Devils.
There is also good news for Manchester United’s army of supporters on the African continent: SuperSport 3 Africa and SuperSport 10 are among the channels listed for coverage.
While the FA Community Shield is scheduled for August 12, brighten your Saturday with the live broadcast of Brighton vs Chelsea and Wolfsburg vs Manchester City!
FA Cup and UEFA Champions League titleholders Chelsea are back from their tour in America. This weekend, they play Brighton in East Sussex. The new club football season without the likes of Didier Drogba is just around the corner so Di Matteo is looking to boost his side’s morale.
“Every day in training is an opportunity, the friendlies are opportunities,” Roberto Di Matteo told the press ahead of the match against Brighton.
“On Saturday I am looking forward to a good competitive game for us, and also to test a couple of things, and get some players with 90 minutes in their legs so that we can get the majority of players with that amount under their belt.”
Barcelona football fans may finally see playmaker Lionel Messi in action under the club's colours on Saturday, July 28.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has been included in Vilanova’s roster for the friendly against Raja Casablanca.
This fixture comes four days after the Catalans defeated German club Hamburg 2-1 without the help of the absent Lionel Messi. Goals from Dani Alves and Euro U19 titleholder Deulofeu were enough to give Tito Vilanova victory in his first match as Barcelona coach.
Against Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, the Blaugrana will have nine first-team players led by Lionel Messi. The Argentine reportedly missed the Hamburg game due to a calf injury.
Friday’s match between Arsenal and Manchester City highlights yet another day filled with football action this summer.
Arsenal vs Manchester City is the fixture that virtually ended the Citizens’ English Premier League hopes last season. Arteta’s sublime long range strike and Mario Balotelli's avoidable sending off inflicted agony on Roberto Mancini and his men. At the top of the table, the Red Devils of Manchester United looked set to run away with the 2011/12 EPL title.
However, destiny saw the Citizens make a remarkable comeback to be crowned English champions. Captain Vincent Kompany played a vital role for Manchester City en route to glory.
The Belgian defender recently put pen to paper for a six-year contract. Meanwhile, business on the transfer market continues for Manchester City like for Arsenal.
Football fans will have the possibility to watch AS Roma vs Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool live on ESPN this July.
The Merseyside Reds are in the United States for their 2012 North America tour. On July 25, Liverpool will face Italian giants AS Roma at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. This fixture is scheduled to kick off at 6:30pm EST. ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will broadcast this club friendly live.
On July 28, Liverpool will be in Maryland for an all-English clash at the UMBC stadium. Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool will air live on ESPN2 at 1:00pm EST. The club friendly will see ex-Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers come up against former Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas. ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will also broadcast this fixture live in the United States.
Manchester United continue their pre-season tour with a club friendly against Shangai Shenhua on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Alex Ferguson is determined to build a high level of momentum within his squad ahead of the 2012/13 football season. The Manchester United coach, who endured a rare period without silverware, is looking to dethrone Manchester City in the English Premier League.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are expected to fight to the limit in other competitions such as the Carling Cup, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. With the new season month away, Manchester United are warming up.
Watch Alex Ferguson and his team play Shanghai Shenhua on FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer Channel if you are in the United States. The match will be broadcasted live on SuperSport 3 Africa and SuperSport 10 for football fans in Africa.
The spotlight will be on Andre Villas-Boas as he guides Tottenham Hotspur against Los Angeles Galaxy in a club friendly.
Meanwhile, Spurs are currently struggling to deal with the Luka Modric transfer saga. Coach Andre Villas-Boas slammed the Croatian star for making Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy angry.
However, team mate Rafael van der Vaart support’s Luka Modric’s desire to quit the club.
“The chairman is angry, but Luka is very upset with what is happening. I think everything will be fixed in three or four days,” Van der Vaart told AS.
Luka Modric refused to join Tottenham Hotspur on their trip to USA. The Londoners will be without the Croatian midfielder in tonight’s match against LA Galaxy.
Arsenal are in Asia to play against a Malaysia XI side. The match kicks off at 8:45am EST.
Lately, the Gunners are in the news due to transfer stories. The future of Robin van Persie is one of most discussed topics. Coach Arsene Wenger is keen to keep his skipper but speculations in the media suggest that Van Persie could land at Manchester City this summer.
“He has one year left and is in demand but our desire is to keep him, however, we will do what is in best interest of the club. If you have a decoder in your head you can decode that,” Wenger told reporters this week.
“The official transfer deadline is August 31 but then we can create an internal deadline.”
The potential transfer of Robin van Persie from Arsenal to Manchester United did not progress quietly as coach Alex Ferguson wished it would.
Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie somehow made himself available on the transfer market earlier this summer when he revealed that he will not renew his contract. Manchester City have emerged as hot favourites to land the Dutch star.
However, it appears local rivals Manchester United added themselves to the transfer race. This info broke out in the English media on Friday afternoon, forcing Alex Ferguson to confess later in the day.
“Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we've made a bid for him,” coach Alex Ferguson admitted on Friday via Manchester United’s official website.
The 2012/13 club football season is yet to kick off but Lionel Messi has started dreaming about collective success in Spain, Europe and the world.
Barcelona failed to clinch right results in the most important week of the 2011/12 season. Defeat to Chelsea in the Last 4 of the UEFA Champions League and a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou ended Barca’s hopes of conquering Europe and winning La Liga.
Barcelona still went on to lift the 2012 Copa del Rey title as Pep Guardiola stepped down from his coaching position. However, club top scorer Lionel Messi has confessed that this achievement was not enough in terms of the Blaugrana’s standards.
“I hope we can win everything again. That is our goal,” Lionel Messi revealed at a press conference.
Liverpool boy Andy Carroll is in the news as Alan Pardew wants him back at Newcastle United.
Reports from England reveal that Newcastle United are looking to welcome back their former striker, Andy Carroll, for £13 million. This news comes after Liverpool reportedly rejected a loan deal from the Magpies.
Last week, new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers completed the signing of Fabio Borini for a decent £8 million. Borini, who played under Rodgers at Chelsea and Swansea City, is expected to quickly adapt to the football at Anfield and partner with Luis Suarez upfront.
Fabio Borini's presence could interfere with Andy Carroll's time on the pitch. In fact, the latter has barely impressed the public since his lucrative transfer from Newcastle United. In 56 appearances, the English forward netted only 11 goals.
Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Roma headline FOX Soccer’s slate of summer friendlies
LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2012) – FOX Soccer is home to the biggest names in European soccer this summer, as the network today announced it is airing five international friendlies in the months of July and August.
These contests feature the best of the global game – including reigning UEFA Champions League victor Chelsea FC – alongside premier North American teams from Major League Soccer and Mexico’s Primera Division. Four of the five matches are part of the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge, with iconic sporting venues like Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field playing host to the world’s best.
Watch Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Real Madrid, Valencia, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and the MLS All Stars engage in exciting club friendly matches as part of their 2012/13 pre-season campaign.
AS Monaco vs Newcastle United opens ESPN UK’s pre-season friendly matches coverage on Monday, July 16. Also live on ESPN UK is Newcastle United’s game against Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Liverpool’s encounter against Canada’s Toronto FC on 21 Saturday July.
Three more club friendlies take place on July 24. They include English giants Arsenal against Malaysia Selection and David Beckham’s LA Galaxy against Tottenham Hotspur. See former FC Porto and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas sit in the dugout as Spurs’ new coach for the first time.
Real Madrid made history last week by defeating Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena for the first ever time in the history of the two clubs. On Tuesday night, Los Blancos will play Standard Liege in another club friendly.
So far, Real Madrid are yet to display the kind of flawless football that their fans want to see. At least, however, Jose Mourinho has managed to lead his side to nothing else but victories in their preseason campaign.
Iker Casillas was undeniably the man of the match in Germany with miraculous saves whereas Real Madrid’s defense was arguably laughable.
Meanwhile, the team was also wasteful on the offensive as the match could only be decided on penalties after 90 minutes of football.
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The New Real Madrid Project kicks off on July 20th in Ireland as Real Madrid kick off their pre-season friendly tour which will take them to Ireland, Canada, USA and Germany.
Real Madrid will be have a base training camp in Dublin, Ireland from July 13 to 22, 2009. Canadian and US audiences will be treated with a visit by Real Madrid's Ronaldo, Kaka & Co between August 2nd through to the 9th as part of their North American tour. Their summer pre-season tour will conclude in Spain's Capital for the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy where they play AC Milan.