2009年 9月 22日, 星期二 - 格林尼治标准时间11:13

Friendlies 友谊赛

Michael Owen in Malaysia

Michael Owen scored the winning goal in a friendly with Malaysian XI

It's that time of year again: the season is over but instead of taking long vacations 假期, many teams have taken to the road 上路 and are participating in pre-season friendlies 友谊赛.

London is hosting two friendly mini championships 迷你联赛: the Wembley Cup and the Emirates Cup.

The Wembley Cup allows teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Al Ahly (of Egypt) to show their potential 展示他们的潜力 against Champions League winners Barcelona.

[Harry Redknapp] knows you can't say these games don't matter, because they do.

Terry Venables, Ambassador for the Wembley Cup

Even though these matches are widely known as friendlies they are often taken very seriously.

Talking as an ambassador 形象大使 for the Wembley Cup, Terry Venables discussed Tottenham's involvement in the competition. He said of their manager Harry Redknapp:

"[He] knows you can't say these games don't matter 不重要, because they do. It's so important you get a good work out 锻炼 ahead of the season."

Commenting on the Emirates Cup, Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal Chief Executive said:

"The tournament will provide a very competitive level of preparation 有竞争性的准备 for all the teams ahead of the 2009/2010 season."

The tournament will provide a very competitive level of preparation.

Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal Chief Executive

So these matches help teams to prepare for the following season, they showcase 展示 young and upcoming 新兴 players and they offer first glimpses 最初的几次亮相 of new signings 签约球员.

Perhaps most importantly, they allow international fans a rare opportunity 难得的机会 to see their favourite players in the flesh 本人.

And whilst many teams have chosen to participate in UK, European or US-based friendlies, Manchester United and Liverpool will be two Premiership teams spending their summer that little bit further afield 远一点的地方.

Liverpool's summer schedule includes matches in Thailand and Singapore while Manchester United's tour takes in Indonesia, Malaysia and China.

Unfortunately for Manchester United, their tour has been hit by a not-so-friendly turn of events 情况发展. Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United Manager, made the difficult decision to abandon 取消 the opening game of their tour after a bomb was detonated 被引爆 at the Jakarta hotel in which the players were due to be staying.

However, the Manchester United players did make it onto the pitch 出现在球场上. Michael Owen scored a winning goal in his debut 首次亮相 for the team and earned them a victory over Kuala Lumpur. They will now continue with the rest of their East Asia tour and will play FC Seoul and Hangzhou Greentown FC in coming weeks.


联络/荐言

*须填写项目

BBC © 2014 非本网站内容BBC概不负责

如欲取得最佳浏览效果,请使用最新的、使用串联样式表(CSS)的浏览器。虽然你可以使用目前的浏览器浏览网站,但是,你不能获得最佳视觉享受。请考虑使用最新版本的浏览器软件或在可能情况下让你的浏览器可以使用串联样式表。