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Real Madrid Summer Tour 2013: Everything You Need to Know

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2013

Real Madrid Summer Tour 2013: Everything You Need to Know

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    There might still be one more match left this season, and they might not have a manager for the next campaign yet, but Real Madrid's preseason has already taken shape.

    First of all, they will head to Turkey, then to Sweden before spending a large chunk of time in the United States—their fourth consecutive summer in America.

    Asia will not be visited in any capacity this year, though.

    Here are some of the finer details of where Madrid will be this summer, and when they'll be there.

It Begins in Istanbul...

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    As things stand at the moment, Los Blancos will play their first warm-up match for the new season in Turkey in July.

    Galatasaray, recent opponents in the Champions League quarterfinal, will be their rivals on the 22nd of the month.

    Two days later, remaining in Istanbul, Real Madrid will play another friendly.

    At this stage, it has not yet been confirmed who they will be facing, but it is anticipated it will be against either an English or a German side.

     

    *It seems unlikely that their internationals from Spain and Brazil will be available for selection at this stage after the Confederations Cup.

A Brief Foray into Sweden...

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    Their travels will then take them from the south of Europe to the top, to Gothenburg in Sweden for one friendly.

    And it could very well become a friendly with a twist...

    PSG will be the opponents, by which stage Carlo Ancelotti may well have left the French club to be installed as the new manager at the Bernabeu.

    The game is scheduled to take place at the Ullevi Stadium on July 27.

     

    *It seems unlikely that their internationals from Spain and Brazil will be available for selection at this stage after the Confederations Cup.

Then It's Stateside...

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    By the end of July, after knocking around Europe, Real Madrid will be heading to America as they have done since 2010.

    They will once again set up their base on campus at UCLA.

    While there, they may well be helped go about their daily lives and training sessions by 41-year-old Abel Rodriguez.

    Rodriguez is a Mexican-American who has helped Jose Mourinho's sides on visits to America for the last seven years.

    This year, he turned up in Madrid and became a lucky charm for Real thanks to the actions of Mourinho—as reported on SI by Grant Wahl.

International Champions Cup

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    They're not just in America to kick a few balls about and hang around in Beverley Hills. They'll actually be playing some matches, too.

    Opponents aren't confirmed, but it is known that Madrid will play four matches in four different cities in the International Champions Cup.

    The eight-team tournament includes Chelsea, Everton, Valencia, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Los Angeles Galaxy.

    By this stage, Real Madrid will probably be buoyed by the return of their Confederations Cup players, while any new signings should also have adjusted to their new club.

    They'll play first in Los Angeles on August 1, followed by matches in Phoenix (August 4), Washington (August 7) and Miami (August 11). 

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