Pre-season friendlies: The best games to watch this summer

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We hate the odd years. No World Cup, no European champions, not even an Olympic Games. Only The Ashes and Chris Froome's Tour de France bid stand between us a a complete sporting vacuum this summer.

But for those of you who remained committed to club football throughout the summer, it is already time to start keeping track of your team's pre-season preparations.

With many clubs keen to increase their fanbases across the world, friendlies are becoming mighty affairs with huge crowds and excellent competition.

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So forget about 0-0 draws between Stoke City and Everton and a training session between Arsenal and a Singapore XI.

Here we take a look at some of the best friendly games that you should be looking out for this pre-season.

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Champions Cup Australia

This summer's international champions cup will provide a lot of top fixtures ahead of the new season, but it's the Australia section of the tournament that will provide the best clashes.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Roma will all head down under to face of in Melbourne as they continue to prepare themselves for the coming season. The first fixture will see Real Madrid take on Roma on the 18th July before Roma face City just three days later.

The showpiece event will come on July 24 when Real Madrid clash with City. All the games will be held in Melbourne at the MCG, the venue for this year's Cricket World Cup final and with a capacity of over 100,00 people so expect to see some big crowds.

MLS All Stars v Tottenham

This years All Star game will see Spurs take on the MLS's best in the MLS All Star game in Colorado. However the thing that makes this game so appealing is the side that the All stars will field.

The likes of Kaka, David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Clint Dempsey will all be involved. However despite having some huge names in their side this years all stars will have a long way to go to better the side of 2014, who beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in this fixture last season.

As for Spurs it will be a good test for them heading into the new premier league season where they will be desperate to break back into the top four. The fixture will take place on July 29.

Chelsea v Barcelona

Jose Mourinho can reignite his rivalry with Barcelona when they take on his Chelsea side on July 28 in Maryland.

The fixture will be part of the International champions cup in the United States and is just one of a series of big clashes between top European sides in the states. 

Despite the fact it's unlikely the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar may miss the game due to their involvement in the Copa America it will be a chance for Luis Suarez to face Branislav Ivanovic again a player who he famously bit in a league game when he was at Liverpool.

The game is also a meeting of the champions of Spain and England so their will be plenty of quality on show. 

PSG V Manchester United

Another game from the Champions cup this time from Chicago will see French champions PSG take on Manchester United.

Now despite both sides having lots of fantastic players on the pitch it could be the off field stuff which makes this an interesting clash. If the rumours are to be believed then Angel di Maria, currently of United, is on his way to Paris, with Edison Cavani heading in the opposite direction.

So despite this being an interesting clash of an established European super club and a team looking to get to that Level it could be in the boardroom where the most exciting action takes place. The two sides meet on July 29.

Borussia Dortmund v Juventus

In a repeat of last seasons last 16 Champions league tie Borussia Dortmund will take on Italian champions Juventus in St Gallen in Switzerland on July 25.

It's been a busy summer so far for the Turin club who could give debuts to knew recruits Mario Mandzuckic, Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala. for Dortmund it will be their first match back since their tour of Asia where they scored 12 goals in just two matches.

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