168,000 miles – Premier League on tour

19 Jul

A crowd of 109,000 people watching Manchester United v Real Madrid in Michigan, USA in 2014


More than 109,000 people watched Man Utd v Real Madrid in Michigan in 2014 – a record football crowd in USA

Premier League teams will clock up an estimated 168,333 miles in total during pre-season for friendlies and tours.

Tottenham travel furthest with 22,468 miles, including a trip to Australia, followed by Chelsea’s 14,345 miles.

Clubs will visit 14 countries, with 17 matches in the United States making it the most-visited place. Austria is second with nine.

Watford are the only Premier League side not leaving England during pre-season – and travel just 112 miles.

Champions Leicester will begin their summer tour by playing Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, before facing Celtic, Paris St-Germain and Barcelona in the International Champions Cup in Glasgow, California and Stockholm respectively.

A full list for each club follows below.

Why the long haul?

“Pre-season can be hugely lucrative,” football finance expert Rob Wilson told BBC Sport. “A club does a tour, they sell more products, there’s more branding and more sponsors start to get involved.

“If they can generate £5m or £10m from a two-week tour, that’s more than what some of the other clubs will get.”

According to Wilson, from Sheffield Hallam University, China is an attractive proposition for the future due to its position as an “untapped” but “serious player” in the football market.

Manchester City and Manchester United play each other at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium on 25 July, as well as other fixtures in the country.

“What we’ve seen in the past 10 years is big clubs going further and further afield,” Wilson added. “They are looking to leverage new markets, like China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Australia is not doing too bad.”

The American dream

Crystal Palace, Swansea and Southampton recently returned from their tour of the United States, while Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester United are due to fly over.

However, Premier League clubs’ trips could have a negative effect in the long run, according to USA Today sports columnist Martin Rogers.

“There is interest – the games are pretty well attended,” said Rogers. “But as the American fan becomes sophisticated, they’ll soon get tired of a second-string Chelsea side or a second-string Liverpool side.

“They know the difference between an exhibition game and a Major League Soccer game.”

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Where’s your team heading?

Arsenal (total distance: 12,143 miles)

22 July: RC Lens (Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France)

28 July: AT&T All-Stars (Avaya Stadium, San Jose, USA)

31 July: Chivas de Guadalajara (StubHub Center, Los Angeles, USA)

5 August: Viking FK (Viking Stadion, Stavanger, Norway)

7 August: Manchester City (Ullevi stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Bournemouth (total distance: 8,134 miles)

20 July: Minnesota United (National Sports Centre Stadium, Minnesota, USA)

23 July: Portsmouth (Fratton Park)

29 July: Reading (Madejski Stadium)

30 July: Cardiff City (Vitality Stadium)

3 August: Valencia (Vitality Stadium)

Burnley (total distance: 1,740 miles)

15 July: Stade Nyonnais 1-3 Burnley (Stade de Colovray, Nyon, Switzerland)

19 July: Morecambe (Globe Arena)

23 July: Bradford City (Coral Windows Stadium)

26 July: Bolton (Macron Stadium)

30 July: Rangers (Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland)

5 August: Real Sociedad (Turf Moor)

Chelsea (total distance: 14,345 miles)

16 July: Rapid Vienna 2-0 Chelsea (Allianz Stadion, Vienna, Austria)

20 July: WAC RZ Pellets (Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria)

27 July: Liverpool (Rose Bowl, Pasadena, USA)

30 July: Real Madrid (Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, USA)

3 August: AC Milan (US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, USA)

7 August: Werder Bremen (Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany)

Crystal Palace (total distance: 10,939 miles)

13 July: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Crystal Palace (PPL Park, Philadelphia, USA)

16 July: FC Cincinnati 0-2 Crystal Palace (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, USA)

19 July: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (BC Place, Vancouver, Canada)

25 July: Colchester United (Weston Homes Community Stadium)

27 July: AFC Wimbledon (Kingsmeadow)

30 July: Fulham (Craven Cottage)

2 August: Bromley (Hayes Lane)

6 August: v Valencia (Selhurst Park)

Everton (total distance: 1,846 miles)

23 July: Barnsley (Oakwell)

26 July: MK Dons (Stadium MK)

29 July: Dynamo Dresden (DDV-Stadium, Dresden, Germany)

30 July: Real Betis or Werder Bremen (DDV-Stadium, Dresden, Germany)

6 August: Espanyol (Goodison Park)

Hull City (total distance: 1,862 miles)

15 July: Grimsby Town 0-0 Hull City (Blundell Park)

16 July: North Ferriby United 0-2 Hull City (Eon Visual Media Stadium)

19 July: Mansfield Town (Field Mill)

23 July: Scunthorpe United (Glanford Park)

26 July: Barnsley (Oakwell)

30 July: Nottingham Forest (City Ground)

3 August: Caykur Rizespor (Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria)

6 August: Torino (MyPhone Austria Stadium, Salzburg, Austria)

Leicester City (total distance: 12,415 miles)

19 July: Oxford United (Kassam Stadium, Oxford)

23 July: Celtic (Celtic Park)

30 July: Paris St-Germain (StubHub Center, Carson, USA)

3 August: Barcelona (Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden)

Liverpool (total distance: 12,625 miles)

8 July: Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Liverpool (Prenton Park)

13 July: Fleetwood Town 0-5 Liverpool (Highbury Stadium)

17 July: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Liverpool (DW Stadium)

20 July: Huddersfield Town (John Smith’s Stadium)

27 July: v Chelsea v (Rose Bowl, Pasadena, USA)

30 July: AC Milan (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, USA)

1 August: Roma (Busch Stadium, St Louis, USA)

6 August: Barcelona (Wembley)

7 August: FSV Mainz 05 (Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany)

Manchester City (total distance: 12,071 miles)

20 July: Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany)

25 July: Manchester United (Bird’s Nest, Beijing, China)

28 July: Borussia Dortmund (Shenzhen, China)

7 August: Arsenal (Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Manchester United (total distance: 11,442 miles)

16 July: Wigan 0 – 2 Man United (DW Stadium)

22 July: Borussia Dortmund (Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China)

25 July: Manchester City (Bird’s Nest, Beijing, China)

30 July: Galatasaray (Ullevi Stadium, Gothenberg, Sweden)

Middlesbrough (total distance: 2,250 miles)

9 July: York City 0-6 Middlesbrough (Bootham Crescent)

16 July: Doncaster 0-2 Middlesbrough (Keepmoat Stadium)

30 July: Aston Villa (Villa Park)

3 August: Udinese (Dacia Arena, Udine, Italy)

6 August: Real Sociedad (Riverside)

Southampton (total distance: 8,071 miles)

15 July: DC United Under-23s 0-2 Southampton (RFK Stadium, Washington DC, US)

23 July: PEC Zwolle (TBC)

27 July: FC Twente (Q20 Stadium, Oldenzaal, Netherlands)

30 July: FC Groningen (Euroborg Stadium, Groningen, Netherlands)

7 August: Athletic Bilbao (St Mary’s)

Stoke City (total distance: 9,624 miles)

16 July: Burton 3-0 Stoke (Pirelli stadium)

23 July: Preston (Deepdale)

27 July: Orlando City (Titan Soccer Complex, Florida, US)

6 August: Hamburg (Volkspark stadion, Hamburg, Germany)

Sunderland (total distance: 1,900 miles)

20 July: Hartlepool (Victoria Park)

23 July: Rotherham (AESSEAL New York Stadium)

25 July: Stade Nyonnais (Stade Camille-Fournier, Evian-les-Bains, France)

27 July: Dijon FCO (Stade Camille-Fournier, Evian-les-Bains, France)

30 July: Montpellier (Stade Jacques Forestier, Aix-les-Bains, France)

5 August: Borussia Dortmund (Cashpoint Arena, Altach, Austria)

Swansea City (total distance: 8,192 miles)

13 July: Charlotte Independence 0-4 Swansea City (Ramblewood Stadium, North Carolina, USA)

16 July: Richmond Kickers 2-0 Swansea (City Stadium, Virginia, USA)

23 July: Bristol Rovers (Memorial Stadium)

27 July: Swindon (County Ground)

30 July: Wolves (Molineux)

6 August: Stade Rennais (Liberty Stadium)

Tottenham (total distance: 22,468 miles)

9 July: Tottenham 3-0 Nottingham Forest (Hotspur Way)

16 July: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Fulham (Hotspur Way)

26 July: Juventus (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia)

29 July: Atletico Madrid (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia)

5 August: Inter Milan (Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway)

Watford (total distance: 112 miles)

10 July: Woking 1-1 Watford (Laithwaite Community Stadium)

14 July: Stevenage 0-2 Watford (Lamex Stadium)

30 July: QPR (Loftus Road)

6 August: v Lorient (Vicarage Road)

West Brom (total distance: 3,544 miles)

13 July: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 West Brom (Schladming Athletic Area, Austria)

16 July: Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 West Brom (Aggborough)

21 July: Vitesse Arnhem (GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands)

23 July: PSV Eindhoven (GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands)

30 July: Plymouth Argyle (Home Park)

1 August: Torquay United (Plainmoor)

6 August: Mallorca (Iberostar Stadium, Palma, Spain)

West Ham (total distance: 12,590 miles)

5 July: Seattle Sounders 3-0 West Ham (CenturyLink Field, Washington DC, USA)

12 July: Carolina RailHawks 2-2 West Ham (WakeMed Soccer Park, North Carolina, USA)

19 July: FC Slovaco (Stadion Rohrbach, Rohrbach, Austria)

20 July: Rubin Kazan (SportPlatz Crottendorf, Crottendorf, Austria)

23 July: Karlsruher SC (Franz-Fekete-Stadion, Kapfenberg, Austria)

7 August: Juventus (London Stadium)

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