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2012 Pre Season in European Football

Teams Disperse Around the World For Pre-Season Games

Pre-season isn’t just pre-season anymore, it’s a chance for teams to promote their brand overseas and a chance for foreign fans to see their idols in action, up close and personal. As such, friendlies and mini tournaments and competitions are held all over the world involving and combining teams from leagues everywhere.

For the second year in a row, Manchester United will head to the United States for their pre-season. They will play a number of games against MLS sides as well as their Champions League conquerors, Barcelona, in Washington DC. Barcelona tend to get very short football odds due to their recent dominance and are thus favourites in almost every match they play.

Arsenal will be playing games in five countries. Starting in Malaysia and then going to China, Germany, England and finally Portugal. The 2011 Emirates Cup is set to feature Arsenal, Boca Juniors, New York Red Bulls and PSG.

Chelsea are committed to playing in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, along with Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Hong Kong side Kitchee. Additionally they will be playing games in the Netherlands, Thailand, Malaysia and Scotland.

Currently Liverpool only have three matches scheduled and will travel to China, Malaysia and Norway to play them. Expect the football bets to flow especially on the games from the East where football betting is so popular.

Champions League debutants Manchester City are heading to North America to play in the World Football Challenge and will also be in the Dublin Super Cup along with Celtic, Inter Milan and an Irish League XI.


Sunderland will prepare by facing a mixture of English, German and Scottish sides, whereas Wolves will play all of their games in England against mostly English opposition, with the sole exception being a game against Spanish giants Real Zaragoza.

Tottenham, meanwhile, head to South Africa for the fourth time and will compete in the Vodacom Challenge.