How are your club performing in pre-season?

24 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 172,413 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 11.

Watford are the Premier League side to do the least travelling, covering 1,632 miles over their six pre-season games.

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How many miles will your club travel this summer?

How are your team faring?

Arsenal (total distance: 12,143 miles)

22 July: RC Lens 1-1 Arsenal (Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France). Goal: Oxlade-Chamberlain

28 July: MLS 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 0-4 Bournemouth (National Sports Centre Stadium, Blaine, Minnesota, USA). Goals: Wilson 2, Grabban, OG

23 July: Portsmouth 3-3 Bournemouth (Fratton Park). Goals: Grabban, Ibe, Gosling

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). Goals: Gray, Barnes, Keane

19 July: Morecambe 1-1 Burnley (Globe Arena). Goal: Gray

23 July: Bradford City 1-4 Burnley (Coral Windows Stadium). Goals: Gray 2, Mee, Kightly

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 0-3 Chelsea (Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria). Goals: Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah

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). Goals: Mutch, Zaha

19 July: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-2 Crystal Palace (BC Place, Vancouver, Canada). Goals: Campbell 2

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: 1,906 miles)

23 July: Barnsley 0-3 Everton (Oakwell). Goals: Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu

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)

3 August: Manchester United – Wayne Rooney Testimonial (Old Trafford)

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). Goals: Olley, Luer

19 July: Mansfield Town 0-1 Hull City (Field Mill). Goal: Bowen

23 July: Scunthorpe United 0-2 Hull City (Glanford Park). Goals: Maloney, Hernandez

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 1-2 Leicester City (Kassam Stadium, Oxford). Goals: Gray, Schlupp

23 July: Celtic 1-1 Leicester (Leicester win 6-5 on pens) (Celtic Park). Goal: Mahrez

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). Goal: Ings

13 July: Fleetwood Town 0-5 Liverpool (Highbury Stadium). Goals: Grujic, Woodburn, Lucas, Firmino 2

17 July: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Liverpool (DW Stadium). Goals: Ings, Woodburn

20 July: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Liverpool (John Smith’s Stadium). Goals: Grujic, Moreno

27 July: 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 1-0 Manchester City (Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany)

25 July: Manchester United (Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China)

28 July: Borussia Dortmund (Shenzhen Universiade Centre, 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). Goals: Keane, Pereira

22 July: Man United 1-4 Borussia Dortmund (Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China). Goal: Mkhitaryan

25 July: Manchester City (Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China)

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

3 August: Everton – Wayne Rooney Testimonial (Old Trafford)

Middlesbrough (total distance: 4,750 miles)

9 July: York City 0-6 Middlesbrough (Bootham Crescent). Goals: OG, Nugent, Adomah, Rhodes 2, Reach

16 July: Doncaster 0-2 Middlesbrough (Keepmoat Stadium). Goals: Downing, Pattison

19 July: Real Betis 2-1 Middlesbrough (Marbella Football Centre, Marbella, Spain). Goal: Rhodes

(Boro also play two other matches in Marbella behind closed doors)

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). Goals: Ward-Prowse, Rodriguez

23 July: PEC Zwolle 0-4 Southampton (USV Sportpark, Netherlands). Goals; Austin, Redmond 2, Hojbjerg

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 1-1 Stoke City (Deepdale). Goal: Diouf

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 0-3 Sunderland (Victoria Park). Goals: Defoe 2, Khazri

23 July: Rotherham 1-2 Sunderland (AESSEAL New York Stadium). Goals: Borini, N’Zogbia

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). Goals: McBurnie, Routledge 2, Gorre

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

23 July: Bristol Rovers 1-5 Swansea (Memorial Stadium). Goals: Ayew, Fer, Kingsley, Naughton, Routledge

27 July: Swindon (County Ground)

30 July: Wolves (Molineux)

6 August: Rennes (Liberty Stadium)

Tottenham (total distance: 22,468 miles)

9 July: Tottenham 3-0 Nottingham Forest (Hotspur Way). Goals: Son, Carroll, Pritchard

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: 1,632 miles)

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

14 July: Stevenage 0-2 Watford (Lamex Stadium). Goals: Capoue, Sinclair

19 July: Union Berlin 1-3 Watford (Stadion Sankt Andra, Sankt Andra, Austria). Goals: Capoue, Deeney, Berghuis

23 July: Watford 0-0 Anzhi Makhachkala (Sportplatz Gralla, Gralla, Austria)

30 July: QPR (Loftus Road)

6 August: Lorient (Vicarage Road)

West Brom (total distance: 3,544 miles)

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

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

21 July: Vitesse Arnhem 1-2 West Brom (GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands). Goals: Rondon, McManaman

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, Seattle, Washington, USA)

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

19 July: FC Slovacko 2-2 West Ham (Stadion Rohrbach, Rohrbach, Austria). Goals: Fletcher, Noble

20 July: Rubin Kazan 3-0 West Ham (SportPlatz Crottendorf, Crottendorf, Austria)

23 July: Karlsruher SC 0-3 West Ham (Franz-Fekete-Stadion, Kapfenberg, Austria). Goals: Carroll, Feghouli, Fletcher

7 August: Juventus (London Stadium)

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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