Manchester United’s US tour match with AC Milan has been moved from the 90,000-capacity Rose Bowl to LA Galaxy’s 27,000-capacity StubHub Centre.
Supporters who had paid to see the July 25 California clash have been told that they will be refunded and will need to reapply for tickets.
Many have stated their belief on social media that a lack of ticket sales is behind the decision to switch.
Despite is being a World Cup year, it looks like some of the biggest clubs in the world are heading to the United States to play exhibition matches this summer. Read more... (802 words, 1 image, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)
Manchester United will open their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester City.
Jose Mourinho’s side host Tottenham Hotspur in their opening three matches before avoiding a major rival until travelling to Chelsea on October 20.
United travel to City for the first derby of the season on November 10 before welcoming their rivals to Old Trafford on March 16.
Before that, Manchester United and Liverpool will meet sat the Big House in Ann Arbor Michigan in front of over 107,000 fans this summer. Read more... (1141 words, 2 images, estimated 4:34 mins reading time)
Manchester City will begin their Premier League title defence on the road as they travel to face Arsenal in Unai Emery’s first game in charge on August 11.
But thereafter Pep Guardiola’s side take on all three of the newly-promoted teams in the first six matches.
City host Manchester United for the first derby of the season on November 10 before making the short trip to Old Trafford on March 16.
Before then the Premier League champions Manchester City will kick off defense of their title in the USA this summer as Pep Guardiola’s team will face Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich in three high profile friendlies as part of the 2018 International Champions Cup. Read more... (734 words, 1 image, estimated 2:56 mins reading time)
Tottenham will open their Premier League season with a tricky trip to St James’ Park to face Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.
It could be a difficult start to the season for Spurs as they take on Manchester United and Liverpool in the first few weeks. The game against Jurgen Klopp’s side will be their first in the new stadium as the fixture against Fulham on August 18 will be played at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side finish their campaign with a game at home against Everton.
Tottenham Hotspur will begin their preparations for the 2018-19 Premier League season by participating in the 2018 International Champions Cup tournament in America. Read more... (702 words, 2 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to pay a €18.8m fine after pleading guilty to four separate tax offences.
According to El Mundo, Ronaldo also accepted a two-year prison sentence with the Public Prosecutors’ Office in Madrid.
The newspaper explains this is pending approval from Agencia Tributaria, Spain’s revenue service, which initially levelled the charges against the Portuguese.
The No 7 is said to be ‘confident’ that his criminal conviction will be replaced by another fine, even if it is suspended.
However, the publication warns the treasury want to keep the prison sentence in place so the 33-year-old cannot reoffend in that time. Read more... (195 words, 1 image, estimated 47 secs reading time)
Liverpool will open their Premier League campaign on home soil as they host Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United side.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have avoided a tricky opening set of games as they don’t meet a fellow ‘Big Six’ side until facing Tottenham Hotspur on September 15.
The first Merseyside derby is at home against Everton in December, with the return fixture at Goodison Park on March 2.
To prepare for the upcoming season, Liverpool will return to the USA to once again take part in the International Champions Cup. Read more... (696 words, 1 image, estimated 2:47 mins reading time)
Chelsea will open their 2018-19 Premier League campaign away to Huddersfield, but that will be immediately followed by hosting Unai Emery’s Arsenal.
The Blues will also welcome Liverpool and Manchester United within the space of three games in September and October and will travel to Watford on Boxing Day.
A potentially interesting clash in terms of the title race comes on April 27, however, when they travel to Old Trafford at what could be a crucial point of the season.
Chelsea Premier League Fixtures
August 11 – Huddersfield Town (A) – Buy Chelsea Tickets
August 18 – Arsenal (H) – Buy Chelsea Tickets
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Arsenal begin life without Arsene Wenger with clashes against Manchester City and Chelsea as Unai Emery is handed a tough start to his tenure at the Emirates.
The Gunners host Pep Guardiola’s champions in the first round of games before travelling to Stamford Bridge for their first away match.
The first north London derby with Tottenham is on December 1, with a meeting against Manchester United coming only three days later.
Premier League Schedule
August 11 – Manchester City (H) – Buy Arsenal Tickets
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For the first time since the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Argentina have not won their opening match at a FIFA World Cup.
Argentina were left to rue a missed Lionel Messi penalty and a decision not to award them a second penalty, despite the use of VAR at this year’s World Cup, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in Moscow.
Messi was presented with a chance break Iceland’s brave resistance from the spot in the 64th minute after Hordur Magnusson collided with Maximiliano Meza in the box, but he put his effort too close to Hannes Halldorsson, who made an easy save. Read more... (389 words, 1 image, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
Spain boss Fernando Hierro has leapt to the defence of goalkeeper David de Gea after his gift for Cristiano Ronaldo during Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal on Friday. “We won’t abandon any of our family.”
“We have to be very proud of the kids, they showed commitment,” said La Roja’s new boss after they kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 3-3 draw on Friday.
“It’s a pleasure when you have players like that. They have character and quality. They don’t doubt what they want. Getting up twice was very important. Read more... (418 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)