To Tour or Not to Tour: Pre-Season Friendlies

london times logo To Tour or Not to Tour: Pre Season FriendliesPremiership Countdown: 13 Days to Go.

The Sunday Times of London has a short, but interesting, list of pros and cons of English clubs going overseas on those big tours. Chelsea graced the States this year. Man United traveled to South Africa, while other clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal decided to stay closer to home.

Read through the pros and cons in today’s article.

While it’s important for clubs to work closely with corporate sponsors, you have to wonder how far can it go before its more damaging than good. For example, the main reason why Man United toured North America two years ago was Nike. And the amount of travel that summer meant that the United squad were exhausted before the season began.

Will teams like Arsenal and Spurs be more relaxed and ready for the season after playing friendlies in Austria and France respectively? We’ll find out in less than two weeks!

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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