Pre-Season 2012 Summer Tour

19 Jul

The Real Madrid website did a great rundown of all the pre-season 2012 matches along with info on each team/stadium – here you go!


Real Madrid’s Summer Tour 2012
by Alberto Navarro / Translation by Michael J. O’Donnell

Whites set to play in Oviedo, Portugal and the USA

Real Madrid’s 2012/13 preseason will take them back to Los Angeles. The team will play several friendlies before the trip and several more while in the US.

Real Madrid’s 2012/13 preseason started on 16 July, when all the players except for the Euro 2012 internationals and Marcelo (set to play in the Olympics) returned to Valdebebas to undergo medical examinations and start training. The team is set to play its first friendly of the preseason in Oviedo on 24 July.


The team will return to the Spanish capital after the clash and remain there until 27 July, when it will travel to Lisbon to face Benfica in the fifth edition of the Eusebio Cup. Benfica won the Cup of Portugal and reached the UCL quarterfinals last season.

The Eusebio Cup has gathered some of the best teams in the world in the last four years, such as Inter Milan, AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Real Madrid will be the first Spanish club to participate in the tournament.


The Whites will return to Madrid after the match and will travel to Los Angeles the following day. They will train at UCLA’s facilities until their return to Spain on 11 August.

During their US stage, the Madridistas will travel to Las Vegas, New York and Philadelphia to play several friendlies. They will face LA Galaxy in Los Angeles on 2 August. The US side won the MLS this season and is captained by Landon Donovan. Their squad features veterans Robbie Keane and former Madridista David Beckham.


Three days later, Real Madrid will visit Las Vegas for the first time in their history for a friendly against Mexican side Santos Laguna at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Mexicans won the last Clausura Tournament and will be better prepared for the match, given that, by the time it is held, they will have played three Apertura 2012 games against San Luis, Chivas and Puebla.


New York will host a match against AC Milan on 8 August. It will be the Whites’ fifth game in the city since 1927. The match will be held at Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009 and is home to the New York Yankees, the most honoured sports side in the entire country with 27 titles.


Real Madrid’s final clash will be against Scottish Premier League winners Celtic FC on 11 August in Philadelphia. Celtic were the first British side to win the European Cup in 1967. The chosen venue is Lincoln Financial Field, where Real Madrid faced Philadelphia Union last season.


Ah, Lincoln Financial Field! Site of Shiggers’ bachelorette weekend and our ensuing heat stroke during last year’s Real Madrid match. We’re hoping it won’t be disgusting this year. Please shoot me a note at the HB & HB gmail if you’re going and want to meet up. A bunch of us will be staying nearby the night before and will also probably try to meet up for a drink after the match before we head back to NYC.

– Lozil

2 Responses to “Pre-Season 2012 Summer Tour”

  1. mygypsyspirit July 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    You will be getting an email from me!

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