How did your team perform in pre-season?

8 Aug

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 clocked up an estimated 172,413 miles in total during pre-season for friendlies and tours.

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

Clubs visited 14 countries, with 17 matches in the United States making it the most-visited place. Austria was second with 11.

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

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How did your team get on?

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 1-2 Arsenal (Avaya Stadium, San Jose, USA). Goals: Campbell, Akpom

31 July: Chivas de Guadalajara 1-3 Arsenal (StubHub Center, Los Angeles, USA). Goals: Holding, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom

5 August: Viking FK 0-8 Arsenal (Viking Stadion, Stavanger, Norway) Goals: Campbell 2, Iwobi 2, Walcott, Cazorla, Akpom, OG

7 August: Manchester City 2-3 Arsenal (Ullevi stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden). Goals: Iwobi, Walcott, Akpom

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 1-1 Bournemouth (Madejski Stadium). Goal: Cook

30 July: Bournemouth 1-0 Cardiff City (Vitality Stadium). Goal: Ibe

3 August: Bournemouth 1-1 Valencia (Vitality Stadium). Goal: Afobe

6 August: Angers 0-1 Bournemouth (Rives du Thouet Stadium). Goal: Pugh

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 1-2 Burnley (Macron Stadium). Goals: Gray, Ginnelly

30 July: Rangers 1-3 Burnley (Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland). Goals: Gray 3

5 August: Burnley 1-1 Real Sociedad (Turf Moor). Goal: Gray

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: Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (Rose Bowl, Pasadena, USA). Goal: Cahill

30 July: Real Madrid 3-2 Chelsea (Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, USA). Goals: Hazard 2

3 August: Chelsea 3-1 AC Milan (US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, USA) Goals: Oscar 2, Traore

7 August: Werder Bremen 2-4 Chelsea (Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany) Goals: Hazard, Oscar, Costa, Pedro.

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 0-1 Crystal Palace (Weston Homes Community Stadium). Goal: Mutch

27 July: AFC Wimbledon 2-3 Crystal Palace (Kingsmeadow). Goals: Wickham, Bolasie, Ladapo

30 July: Fulham 3-1 Crystal Palace (Craven Cottage). Goal: Anderson

2 August: Bromley 1-2 Crystal Palace (Hayes Lane). Goals: Sullay, Kaikai 2

6 August: Crystal Palace 3-1 Valencia (Selhurst Park). Goals: Wickham 2, Jedinak

Everton (total distance: 1,906 miles)

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

26 July: MK Dons 1-3 Everton (Stadium MK). Goals: Deulofeu, Barkley, Besic

29 July: Dynamo Dresden 2-1 Everton (DDV-Stadium, Dresden, Germany). Goal: Deulofeu

30 July: Real Betis 1-1 Everton, Betis win 4-3 on penalties (DDV-Stadium, Dresden, Germany). Goal: Own goal

3 August: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney Testimonial (Old Trafford).

6 August: Everton 0-1 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 2-2 Hull City (Oakwell). Goals: Diomande, Bowen

30 July: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Hull City (City Ground). Goals: Diomande 2

3 August: Hull City 3-1 Caykur Rizespor (Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria). Goals: Hernandez 2, Snodgrass.

6 August: Hull City 1-2 Torino (MyPhone Austria Stadium, Salzburg, Austria). Goal: Hernandez

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: Leicester City 0-4 Paris St-Germain (StubHub Center, Carson, USA)

3 August: Barcelona 4-2 Leicester City (Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden). Goals: Musa 2

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 1-0 Liverpool (Rose Bowl, Pasadena, USA). Goal: Cahill

30 July: Liverpool 2-0 AC Milan (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, USA). Goals: Origi, Firmino

1 August: Liverpool 1-2 Roma (Busch Stadium, St Louis, USA) Goal: Ojo

6 August: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Wembley) Goals: Mane, Origi, Grujic, OG

7 August: FSV Mainz 05 4-0 Liverpool (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 P-P Manchester City (Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China)

28 July: Manchester City 1-1 Borussia Dortmund, City win 6-5 on penalties (Shenzhen Universiade Centre, Shenzhen, China). Goal: Aguero

7 August: Manchester City 2-3 Arsenal (Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden) Goals: Sterling, Iheanacho

Manchester United (total distance: 11,442 miles)

16 July: Wigan 0-2 Manchester United (DW Stadium). Goals: Keane, Pereira

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

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

30 July: Manchester United 5-2 Galatasaray (Ullevi Stadium, Gothenberg, Sweden) Goals: Ibrahimovic, Rooney 2, Fellaini, Mata

3 August: Manchester United 0-0 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 played two other matches in Marbella behind closed doors)

30 July: Aston Villa 1-3 Middlesbrough (Villa Park). Goals: Negredo, Fischer, Rhodes

3 August: Udinese 0-0 Middlesbrough (Dacia Arena, Udine, Italy).

6 August: Middlesbrough 0-0 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 1-2 Southampton (Q20 Stadium, Oldenzaal, Netherlands). Goals: Gallagher, Van Dijk

30 July: FC Groningen 0-1 Southampton (Euroborg Stadium, Groningen, Netherlands). Goal: Austin

7 August: Southampton 1-0 Athletic Bilbao (St Mary’s) Southampton. Goal: Long

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 1-2 Stoke (Titan Soccer Complex, Florida, US). Goals: Diouf, Bojan

6 August: Hamburg 1-0 Stoke (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 0-2 Sunderland (Stade Camille-Fournier, Evian-les-Bains, France). Goals: Watmore 2

27 July: Dijon FCO 2-3 Sunderland (Stade Camille-Fournier, Evian-les-Bains, France). Goals: Khazri, Borini, Asoro

30 July: Montpellier 1-1 Sunderland (Stade Jacques Forestier, Aix-les-Bains, France). Goal: Borini

5 August: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Sunderland (Cashpoint Arena, Altach, Austria) Goal: Kone

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 0-3 Swansea (County Ground). Goals: Ayew, Barrow, Fulton

30 July: Wolves 0-4 Swansea (Molineux). Goals: Routledge (2), Naughton, McBurnie

6 August: Swansea 1-0 Rennes (Liberty Stadium). Goal: Fulton

Tottenham (total distance: 22,468 miles)

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

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

26 July: Tottenham 1-2 Juventus (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia). Goal: Lamela

29 July: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Tottenham (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia)

5 August: Tottenham 6-1 Inter Milan (Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway) Goals: Kane 2, Lamela, Alli, Janssen, Harrison

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 2-0 Watford (Loftus Road)

6 August: Watford 2-2 Lorient (Vicarage Road). Goals: Deeney, Igalho

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 0-0 West Brom (Home Park)

1 August: Torquay United 2-1 West Brom (Plainmoor). Goal: Phillips

6 August: Mallorca 1-0 West Brom (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: West Ham 2-3 Juventus (London Stadium). Goals: Carroll (2)

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.

“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

Champions Leicester, Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Southampton were among the teams to play in the United States.

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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