As preseason tours go, America seems to be really popular in 2011, with some high-profile clubs choosing to get their players ready for the tough European season by organising some friendlies with home clubs. Clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and now Juventus are currently in the United States.
Amongst meeting their adoring fans, Juventus in particular working on some key combinations for the upcoming 2011/2012. After a poor finish in the league last season, the Bianconeri will be looking to capitalise on the signings of a few new players. Namely Andrea Pirlo, Stephen Lichtsteiner and Reto Ziegler will be looking to make a good impression on Juventus fans.
Just for the record, Arturo Vidal is on his way to Turin, where he will look to sign off on a contract which will see him join the club on a permanent deal. Along with Vidal, Giuseppe Rossi is being strongly linked with Turin and could join the starting XI prior to the commencement of the 2011/2012 season.
During their time in the US Juventus will play three friendlies organised prior to the tour. Over five days Juventus will play three clubs Sporting Lisbon on the July 23, Club America on the 26th and C.d.Guadalajara on the 28th. But that is not to say that they will not play a few games against local sides in between.
Notable absences from the squad are Felipe Melo and Amauri, with the futures of both players at the club still uncertain
The club are currently staying at the Four Seasons hotel in Philadelphia, whilst training at the NOVACARE Complex not far from the hotel.
With much to prove in 2011/2012 Juventus will want to start off the season in the best shape possible in their bid to once again reclaim top spot in Italy.
For those Juventus fans from America reading this, Juventus will be in Philadelphia (as previously mentioned), before heading to New York, moving cross boarder to Toronto in Canada and finally concluding the tour in Raleigh. Get out their and support the Bianconeri ahead of the new Serie A season.
Stay tuned as I bring match reviews and other news from their tour!
Adrian is the editor at Play the Advantage Football