These games kick of a busy summer of soccer, with World Cup qualifiers, Spain and Germany, Gold Cup games and Lionel Messi in Chicago there is a little bit of something for everything. And to top it off, Brazil will play Portugal in Boston in September which promises to eb a fantastic game.
Atletico Madrid won their 10th King’s Cup when defender Miranda scored in the first half of extra time to secure a 2-1 victory against city rivals Real Madrid in a game that saw both Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo sent off.
Mourinho’s side had looked on course to maintain their dominance over their neighbours when Ronaldo powered home a 14th minute corner.
However, Diego Lopez restored parity just before half time when he fired home a 20-yard shot following a fine turn and pass from Radamel Falcao.
Huge summer for Jürgen Klinsmann and the US National Team. The Americans have two World Cup qualifiers at home, plus the Gold CUp and two friendlies against Belgium and Germany.
Both Belgium and Germany have named their squads for the games, with Belgium bringing over their strongest side. Squads are below:
GOALKEEPERS: Koen Casteels (TSG Hoffenheim), Thibaut Courtois (Atlético de Madrid), Jean-François Gillet (FC Torino), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland AFC)
In one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history, Wigan Athletic won the FA Cup for the first time in its 81-year history by beating big-spending Manchester City 1-0. Ben Watson got the winner in the 90th minute as he headed home Shaun Maloney’s corner.
The game at Wembley will be the fourth time that two teams from the same country have met in a European Cup final. Two of those previous games were decided on penalties. Hopefully that will not be the case at Wembley this year.
The sides have met three times already this season. Back in August, Bayern Munich won 2-1 in the German Super Cup. The two sides drew 1-1 in the league in December and Bayern won 1-0 in the cup two months ago.
Brazil’s world your returns to the USA this September when they will play Portugal at Gillette Stadium on September 9. This will be the first meeting of the two countries since they drew 0-0 at the 2010 World Cup in Durban.
Since this game takes place during a FIFA designated international date, both sides should be at full-strength. That means Cristiano Ronaldo v Neymar, and Lucas, Kaka and Oscar should all be playing.
The Portugal match ends a busy summer for Luiz Felipe Scolari side. Brazil will play two friendlies in Brazil against England and France on June 2 and 9 respectively ahead of this summers Confederations Cup, which will be run from June 15 to 30.
The 2013 Audi Cup in Munich this summer is shaping up to be a fantastic event involving Bayern Munich, Manchester City, AC Milan and the Brazilian top club São Paulo. The two day tournament will be held on July 31 and August 1.
So many stories heading into this tournament. You have Pep Guardiola in his first preseason as Bayern Munich manager. What will Pep do to improve a side that has been rampant in Germany and across Europe this season?
Real Madrid will begin their 2013 preseaosn training in Europe with a tournament in Istanbul on July 22 and 24 against Galatasaray and an unconfirmed German or English side.
They will then travel to to Gothenburg to face Paris Saint-Germain in a high-profile friendly before beginning their training camp at UCLA on July 28.
They will play Haiti on June 8 in Miami and the Republic of Ireland at Yankee Stadium in New York on June 11.
Spain will spend a week in Miami training at Barry University before travelling to Brazil for the 2013 Confederations Cup, a 2014 World Cup tune-up that runs June 15-30.
The teams last met at Wembley in 1991 in a European Championship Qualifier. Lee Dixon opened the scoring after nine minutes with his only ever England goal but Niall Quinn equalised before half time and the game eventually finished 1-1.
The long-awaited friendly will be the first meeting between the two nations since their clash in Dublin’s Lansdowne Road was postponed due to rioting England fans