The Emirates Cup kicks off on August 3 when four of Europe’s giants will compete in one of the summer’s most prestigious friendly competitions. Arsenal, Porto, Napoli and Galatasaray will play for honours in North London in what promises to be an engrossing two days of football.
With the start of the continent’s major leagues only weeks away, all four teams will be hoping to up the ante in their preparations. A victory this weekend could do wonders for team morale and confidence ahead of what will be a big season in four of Europe’s most exciting divisions.
Galatasaray are the tournament’s outsiders. They don’t have the profile of Arsenal, haven’t enjoyed the recent success of Porto and aren’t coming off the flurry of a number of high-profile signings a la Napoli.
However, with the competition in its current—obscure but understandable—format, Galatasaray could have a chance of taking home the trophy. They will need to overcome Porto and Arsenal but are more than capable of springing a surprise.