Real Madrid’s Summer Plans Revealed!

28 Jun

real_madrid_logoHooray! We finally have the deets on the summer plans which include friendlies in Sweden &  France and an added US match in St. Louis!


Real Madrid will play a friendly match against Olympique Lyon on Wednesday 24th July in preparation for the 2013/14 season. The match will begin at 21:00 in the Stade de Gerland, the French team’s home stadium, where Karim Benzema played before joining the Whites.

The friendly in Lyon will not be the only one that Carlo Ancelotti’s team will play in Europe during the 2013/14 preseason. Three days after visiting France, on 27th July, the Whites will be in Sweden to play against Paris Saint-Germain at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg.

And of course, there’s the US tour!

Real Madrid will play four preseason matches in the United States

Three of them will be part of the International Champions Cup and the fourth will be against Inter Milan

As part of their preparation for the 2013/2014 season Real Madrid will play four friendlies in the United States this summer. The Whites will carry out their preseason in the USA for the fourth consecutive year, where they will play in the International Champions Cup plus one other friendly match. The first match will be on 1st August in Phoenix against the Los Angeles Galaxy; the second, on the 3rd in Los Angeles against Everton or Juventus, depending on results in the tournament. Likewise with their last match in the tournament, which will be on the 6th or 7th August in Miami against an opponent that will also depend on previous results. In addition, the Whites will play another friendly against Inter Milan in Saint Louis on 10th August.

Eight of the best teams from around the world will be taking part in this prestigious tournament that will take place between the 27th July and 7th August in Europe, for the opening match, and the United States. Real Madrid will be competing against Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Everton, LA Galaxy and Valencia to win this championship which will help the team led by Carlo Ancelotti to prepare for the 2013/2014 season.

summerThe International Champions Cup will kick off on 27th July with the match in Spain between Valencia and Milan and will then move to the United States. Phoenix, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami, New York and Los Angeles will be the U.S. cities to host matches. These last two places will host the semi-finals on 3rd and 4th August, and the final of the tournament will be played on the 7th at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.

Are you excited? What matches are you going to? I’m sorry to say that I will not get to see any Real Madrid matches this summer. Work commitments  will be preventing me from traveling through mid-August so I’ll depend on all of you to keep us informed.

– Lozil

34 Responses to “Real Madrid’s Summer Plans Revealed!”

  1. Kristine June 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Missouri. Really?

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Really. They seem to want to play everywhere that their fans could possibly get heatstroke, yet again.

      • jellyace June 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

        Phoenix in August? Heatstroke is a definite possibility!

        • headbandsandheartbreak June 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

          We got heatstroke in *Philly* 2 years ago. I can’t imagine how hot it was in Vegas or will be in Phoenix.

          • Kristine June 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

            Ugh. That night was hell! I’m not sure that I would go see them in any of those places, even if I was able. Gonna miss our boys! Hope they come back around here next year.

            • headbandsandheartbreak June 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

              I know, right? I was sick for days afterward. Blech.

            • mygypsyspirit June 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

              That year was brutal. I’d go see them in Phoenix and knock out a trip to see my mom too if it had fallen on my days off

    • Mehreh June 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      st. louis is a pretty big soccer town. the chelsea/man city friendly recently sold out in just a few minutes. i’m sure this one will too!

  2. Mehreh June 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    i’ll be going to the ICC in LA. got my ticket, booked my flight and hotel. getting excited about stalking, i mean, um, looking for my boys at UCLA!

    any other watishistas local or travelling there? i’d love to meet up if anyone else is game!

    • Alice June 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      My best friend and I will be traveling out to the west for the Phoenix game then pop over to LA for the other match! Can’t wait!! It would be nice to meet up with another watishista!

      • Mehreh June 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

        there will be two others with me too. one’s more of a cule, but we love her anyway!

  3. CinematiqueChic June 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Going to Miami! It was kind of a no brainer since it’s the closest and I’ll get to see all the teams. Trying not to think about the weather. I live a few states north of Miami and even now I avoid going outdoors if I can.

    • Dr Heidi June 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      hopefully I will be going to the Miami match too….once it gets closer, we have got to touch base!

      • CinematiqueChic June 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

        Definitely! Let me know when you figure out your plans. Hopefully we can work something out. A meeting of the Sergio aficionados seems appropriate 🙂

  4. headbandsandheartbreak June 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    forzasusan and I will be at the East semi-finals at Met Life Stadium on August 4th if anyone is going to that.

    • Dr Heidi June 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      who knows, maybe someday if everything is right with the world, all of us crazy girls will get to say hello in person…..

    • Jules June 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      You know I’ll be there. Terribly excited to see my boys play on a real field in a more competitive setting, if slightly concerned about the roster.

  5. Dr Heidi June 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    This may be a naive question, but do the guys on international duty EVER get a break? Doesn’t the regular season for the teams being in August? How are they not completely exhausted? *Sergio can seek comfort in my arms anytime..*

    • mygypsyspirit June 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Depends on the year…. Some will join preseason training later than others as the Olympic and Euro players did last year and the WC players did in 2010. Which I’m assuming you don’t remember.
      They are not completely exhausted because they are professionals in outstanding shape. They are some of the fittest athletes in the world. They aren’t NFL or MLB players who get months off and time to get fat. Because in football, if you get fat you’re done.

      This is a job. Just like you and I have jobs, so do they. There’s just happens to be playing a schoolyard game for multi-million euros a year. They get vacation time just like you and I. But they have to show back up ready to work. Just like you and I.

      • Mehreh June 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

        excellent explanation. they rest when they retire. that’s why their careers last into their mid 30’s, at the latest. for some, like the original recipe ronaldo, that’s why they gain weight: they’ve never had that much time to rest and eat and not exercise.

        i was quite happy to see the baby giraffe not taking a break this summer because he’s so focused on coming back to RM in better shape than before he tore his meniscus. kid’s got a good work ethic 🙂

      • Dr Heidi June 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

        but even incredibly conditioned athletes MUST have some residual effects from all the pounding on the joints, the incredible heat on the fields in the summer, the non stop media obligations…..? I know they’re young studs, but it just seems like a dizzying schedule they’re on non-stop. I don’t have MUCH sympathy, as, like you said, they are playing a game they love for mucho dineros, but when I have crazy days, or weeks, as well conditioned as I am (former athlete myself), I’m draggin’ ass after a while! 🙂

        • mygypsyspirit June 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

          Of course it takes a toll on the joints. Which, as Mehreh said, is why they don’t play into their 40s and 50s. When you stay hydrated and in shape, the heat isn’t as bad. These guys are well taken care of. They’re told what to eat, what to drink, when to work out, what to do… They where heart monitors while at training that also monitor things like the level of salt in their sweat.
          They gets days off. They get weeks off. Just not necessarily all at once.
          And maybe I don’t have sympathy at all because I was an athlete, a marine, and am now a coach on top of my day job. A job in which I am allowed a lot of time off, but when I go back to it, peoples lives are in my hands. I am not sympathetic, but I also do not think that staying in shape and playing those games is as hard as you’re making it out to be

          • mygypsyspirit June 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm #


          • la-la June 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

            Agreed, and realistically they only have to train to play at most 120 mins at a time, twice a week; compare with a cyclist in the tour de france: 3,900 km over mixed terrain in 3 weeks! I take my hat off to their athleticism & professionalism but its not like they do an iron man each week.

            p.s. You were a marine?! Remind me not to mess wit chu


            • mygypsyspirit June 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

              Yeah for real. Tour de France is insane. It starts tomorrow doesn’t it?

              Yes I was a marine. I’m not scary 😉

  6. mygypsyspirit June 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    My decision to go to St. Louis happened yesterday solely because I have friends in the area and it fell on a day off. For the first time since the match I went to at the Bernabeu, I will not be front row. I’ve been spoiled… But I’m SO happy that I actually get to see them!

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      You’re going? WAH! I can’t believe I won’t see them this summer.

      But wait! St. Louis is on a Saturday. Hmmm….

      • mygypsyspirit June 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

        Mandi said she was thinking about going… Seriously, I’m sitting way at the top of the stadium with a bunch of people that aren’t Real Madrid fans at all…

        • Mandi June 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

          Depending on if my MD trip is cancelled or not. I REALLY want to go. But it’s not looking so good. 😦

      • Kristine June 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

        Ha! I say no…but..maybe.

      • Heather June 30, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

        If it helps your decision, the game in St Louis will be played at the Edward Jones Dome, which is completely enclosed, meaning that you will not be sitting outside enjoying the lovely August weather here in St Louis. But also keep in mind tickets go on sale Monday, and will likely sell out very quickly.

  7. la-la June 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Off topic here but I know that lots of you ladies here are involved in playing/coaching and I wonder what your thoughts are on doping in football? I’ve been a cycling fan for years (to summarise, it uses to be dirty, now its clean apparently), but rumours keep bubbling up, especially about the Fuentes case; from my earlier point I just don’t see the advantage of blood transfusions/EPO/testosteone in a non endurance sport, yet rumours persist, Lance Armstrong today said that ‘big’ football clubs helped to gag to Fuentes judgement, does anyone have thoughts about this??

  8. camimadridista June 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    All set for training at UCLA and the LA match! Entertaining the thought of attending the St Louis match, but not sure yet. I wish they’d consider a game in Chicago.

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