Real Madrid vs Arsenal Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

​Arsenal will face ​Real Madrid in the final game of their International Champions Cup campaign as they look to extend their unbeaten pre-season run.

The north London club have been making progress on the pitch with a string of encouraging results and performances. This may comfort fans who have been concerned by their team off the pitch, with the Gunners slow out of the blocks in the transfer window despite being linked to several names across Europe.

For Real Madrid, the game may prove a nice distraction from their own issues off the field, with the Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale saga continuing to dominate the headlines. The latest chapter in this battle has seen Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, brand the Madrid manager a ‘disgrace’ for his treatment of the Welshman, who is expected to leave the club this summer.

Check out 90min’s preview for Wednesday’s friend below.


Where to Watch

When is Kick Off? Wednesday 24th July
What Time Is Kick Off? 00.00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? FedExField
TV Channel/Live Stream? Premier Sports 1

Team News

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Zidane has plenty options following a busy foray in the transfer market and can deploy several of his new and exciting signings. Brahim Diaz is expected to be missing following his bicep injury, with several other players set to miss proceedings after the Copa America, Gold Cup and European Under-21 Championships. 

Unai Emery is expected to field a more experienced side following the youthful team which comfortably overcame Fiorentina, but he will be missing midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira amongst others after their heavy international schedule. 

Hector Bellerin is with the squad in America but will likely not feature as he continues to recover from his ruptured cruciate ligament. Laurent Koscielny is still at home after his high-profile bust-up with the management as he looks set to leave the Emirates.

Predicted Line-ups

Real Madrid Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Modric; Junior, Benzema, Hazrd
Arsenal Leno; Maitland-Niles,Sokratis, Chambers, Monreal; Xhaka, Olayinka; Aubameyang, Ozil, Saka; Lacazette


Head to Head Record

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Real Madrid and Arsenal haven’t met since their two-legged affair in the Champions League in 2006, where Arsenal dumped the Spanish giants out the competition on their way to the final. Those two games remain the only competitive meetings between the clubs.


Recent Form 

Arsenal have won all of their games in America so far, recording 3-0 wins against both Colorado Rapids and Fiorentina, plus a 2-1 victory over German Champions ​Bayern Munich sandwiched in between. Los Blancos haven’t fared as well, falling to a 3-1 defeat against the German champions in their opening pre-season game.

​​Check out how each side has fared in their last five matches.

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Bayern Munich 3-1 Real Madrid (21/7) Arsenal 3-0 Fiorentina (21/7)
Real Madrid 0-2 Real Betis (19/5) Arsenal 2-1 Bayern Munich (18/7)
Real Sociedad 3-1 Real Madrid (12/5) Colorado 0-3 Arsenal (16/7)
Real Madrid 3-2 Villarreal (5/5) Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal (29/5)
Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Real Madrid (28/4) Burnley 1-3 Arsenal (12/5)


Prediction

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Expect goals and entertainment. There should be enough talent in both teams to serve up a spectacle.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-2 Arsenal 

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Gareth Bale Linked With Sensational Neymar Swap Deal as Real Madrid Exit Rumours Pile Up

Following Zinedine Zidane’s startling confession that Gareth Bale is ‘very close to leaving’ Real Madrid and that he ‘hopes he leaves soon’, the Welshman has been linked with a number of teams with the latest rumours indicating he may be part of a swap deal for PSG star Neymar.

Bale’s agent has since labelled the French manager a ‘disgrace’ for his comments, as the Madrid forward now looks closer than ever to the exit door.


According to ​The Independent, Bale’s exit from ​Madrid could be in the shape of a sensational player-plus-cash deal with Paris Saint-Germain for ​Neymar.

Both ​Bale and Neymar have been heavily linked with moves away from their respective clubs this summer, with the latter seemingly more intent on forcing through a move.

Both players are clearly unsettled at their clubs and this swap deal would resolve their situations and potentially provide Los Blancos and PSG with valuable additions to their squads.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol reports that the Wales international’s advisers have stated that ‘there could be a surprise this summer’, which has fuelled further speculation over where he will play football next season.

The former ​Tottenham Hotspur man has been linked with a return to north London, as Spurs have reportedly made their interest known to Real Madrid. Elsewhere ​Bayern Munich have also expressed their admiration for the winger, providing him with a number of potential destinations.

However, the ‘surprise this summer’ could come in the form a move to China, as ​The Telegraph reveal that Beijing Guoan want to make Bale the highest-paid player in Chinese football history.

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The Beijing club have made it clear that they want to sign the 30-year-old, and while they are not the only club interested in Bale, they are perhaps the only club who can match or better his current £600k-a-week salary at the Bernabeu.

The transfer window in China closes on July 31st, meaning Beijing Guoan have just ten days to secure what would be the biggest transfer in the history of the Chinese Super League.

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Twitter Reacts as Eden Hazard Makes Real Madrid Bow in Pre-Season Defeat to Bayern Munich

​Its been a long time coming, but Eden Hazard finally pulled on the famous white jersey in an actual game of football at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Unquestionably one of the stories of the summer, the Belgian bid farewell to west London in favour of the La Liga side, in a deal that could potentially rise to an eye-watering £130m.

With all the backstory a thing of the past, it came down to matters on the pitch in the United States, and what better way to make your debut than against ​Bundesliga stalwarts ​Bayern Munich?


Well, all didn’t go quite to plan as ​Los Blancos fell to a 3-1 defeat in the searing heat, with goals from Corentin Tolisso, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry putting the Germans three goals to the good.

A late consolation from fellow newbie Rodrygo Goes provided some respite, but the goal only came after Sven Ulriech saw red for Die Roten.

Hazard was naturally the talk of the town though, with the Twitterverse happy to express opinions on their new Galactico – particularly enjoying his link-up play with ​Karim Benzema.



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​​It seemed none of the blame for the defeat was directed towards the 28-year-old, with many feeling his performance showed good intent and a sign of things to come.

Lively throughout his 45-minute spell before being subbed, he offered supporters a glimpse into future as Zinedine Zidane rebuilds his squad ahead of an assault on ​La Liga.

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​​One notable talking point from the match was nothing to do with what ​Hazard did with the ball, however.

Instead people were left scratching their heads as to why the Belgian wore the number 50 on his first outing. Eyebrows, eyebrows everywhere.


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People were quick to discover the reason, eventually finding out he chose it for a special occasion – as he continues to play hardball in his efforts to land the number seven off Mariano Diaz.

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Transfer Window: 6 Players That are Vying for Moves But Have Absolutely Nowhere to Go

​With the summer transfer window in full flow, there is a lot of business still yet to be done by clubs and players. While teams around Europe and worldwide are looking for new recruitments ahead of the season, there are a lot of players who are also looking to leave their respective sides.

However, this summer more than any other in recent memory, a lot of players vying for big-money moves have nowhere to go. 

Here are just a few of the players who are pushing for moves this summer, but seem unlikely to get their wish.


Neymar

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Despite joining Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee just two summers ago, ​Neymar already wants to move on. The Brazilian star didn’t turn up to pre-season training earlier this month, which infuriated the Parisian club, who stated they were to take “appropriate action”.

PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has said that Neymar can leave “if there is an offer that suits everyone”, and ​Barcelona have been heavily linked with bringing him back to the Camp Nou two years after his departure. 

Although Neymar is in a tough situation at the moment, it looks like he’ll be staying in Paris. Barcelona would need to pay a huge fee to re-sign him, and although PSG say that Neymar can leave it would be daft to let a £200m record signing exit the Parc des Princes after two seasons.


Paul Pogba

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​Paul Pogba has been at the heart of another transfer saga this summer, this time involving big-spending ​Real Madrid. The ​Manchester United midfielder is one of Los Blancos’ key targets, as Florentino Pérez aims to continue his summer spending spree in style.

Although the Spanish side are willing to pay a large fee and give up big players to acquire Pogba’s services, the problem lies with whether United will part ways with arguably their best and most important player and whether Real will follow through with their pursuit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a summer of rebuilding to do, and Pogba is likely to be apart of his plans. While the Frenchman may feel that it is best for him to move on, the Red Devils are not as eager and look like they will fight to keep him at Old Trafford, whatever it takes.


Nicolas Pépé

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After bagging 23 goals and 12 assists for Lille last season, Nicolas Pépé is hot property in the European market. A number of clubs have been vying for his signature, with European champions ​Liverpool and ​Arsenal battling to sign him.

Pépé himself also seems eager to join one of Europe’s biggest clubs, with ​Inter and PSG also in contention. However, Lille have set an €80m price tag for their star forward, and even then they seem reluctant to part ways with Pépé.

Lille and Pépé are waiting for the right offer from the right club, and while there are plenty of options staying in northern France and helping the club in their ​Champions League campaign may turn out to be a priority for Pépé as he decides the next step in his career.


Christian Eriksen

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Rumours have been flying around White Hart Lane over midfielder ​Christian Eriksen, who could be ​La Liga bound. Eriksen has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer, and has been delaying a possible contract renewal with ​Tottenham for months.

The Dane is believed to be eager to move to Spain, and has been waiting for one of their top clubs to make an offer. However, Spurs have shown no sign of letting Eriksen go, despite not tying him down with a new contract amid the speculation.

Spurs don’t look like they’ll be letting any players go, especially not ones like Eriksen. He will continue to wait for a breakthrough in the transfer saga, but with a few weeks of the transfer window to go, he may be spending another season in north London.


Wilfried Zaha

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​Crystal Palace and ​Wilfried Zaha are stuck in an internal conflict with one another, with the Ivorian telling the club that he wants to leave this summer. Zaha has been with the Eagles since 2004 as a youth player, but looks like he now wants a move to Arsenal.

Manager Roy Hodgson has hinted at the fact that the club would let him go, but with Aaron Wan-Bissaka already leaving for Manchester United, it would be a fatal blow for Crystal Palace if another one of their star players left for pastures new.

Zaha will no doubt keep pushing for a move, but if Palace continue to reject big money offers then he will have no choice but to stay. The Ivorian will keep trying to find a compromise with the club, as he hopes to make a huge move in his career.


Danny Rose

Danny Rose

With Spurs already facing a battle with Eriksen, they are now preparing for one with ​Danny Rose too. PSG, ​Juventus and Manchester United have all expressed interest in the England full-back, with Rose left out of Spurs’ pre-season tour squad so he can “explore other opportunities”.

Although Rose will be deciding whether he wants to move on, Tottenham may be wiser to keep ahold of him. They are already short of full-backs ​having sold Kieran Trippier to Atlético Madrid, and if they can’t replace Trippier and Rose in time then they’ll have to hold onto the latter.

Rose does look very likely to leave at the moment, but the rumours and interest in signing him may not hold up. If Spurs cannot reach a deal with another club or make a decision regarding Rose, then he will likely be stuck at White Hart Lane for a while longer.


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Zinedine Zidane Sheds Light on Paul Pogba Chase, Gareth Bale’s Future & Eden Hazard at Real Madrid

​Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has opened up about a number of high-profile stories surrounding the club this summer, including their ongoing pursuit of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and what’s next for Gareth Bale in the Spanish capital.

Los Blancos have already splashed over €300m on new signings this summer, but France international Pogba remains one of Zidane’s personal targets to bring in to the Santiago Bernabéu ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Zidane remained cryptic as he often has when he’s quizzed about Real Madrid’s interest in Pogba, but the 47-year-old insisted that the club are still working hard behind the scenes on fulfilling their long-term plans.

You ask me another question and I will always answer the same,” he said, quoted by the club’s official website. “We know with the club what we want to do and we are working on what we want to do. 

“What I’m looking forward to is tomorrow’s match and working bit by bit. We have time for the rest and we’ll see what will happen.”

The biggest chunk of Real Madrid’s €300m spending spree this summer has been used to lure Eden Hazard away from Chelsea, and Zidane claims that there are a lot of similarities at how they both ended up at the club for the first time.

We will take advantage of his qualities,” Zidane added. “I’m very happy with him. Eden needed a club like Real Madrid to improve. This club has something special and we all know it. 

“When I arrived at Real Madrid, I was 29 years old and I still had a lot left. I spent five years as a player and improved things. Eden’s situation is the same. We know the type of player he is and that he can give us a lot.”

For all of Real Madrid’s incoming this summer, however, the club still need to recoup funds in order to pass through the Financial Fair Play scrutiny which is on them with flying colours.

The club’s biggest asset who’s up for sale is Wales international Bale, but Zidane claims that Real Madrid will be happy to keep hold of the 30-year-old if that’s the way the cookie crumbles and they’re unable to find a buyer this summer.

Him staying in not a problem. I can’t say that the player is a problem,” he claimed. “He has a contract, he is here and what I can say is that anything could happen. 

“I have to respect all the players, he is with us and he is a Real Madrid player. We will see what will happen. His role has not changed compared to in June.”

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Tottenham Offer Christian Eriksen 150% Salary Increase in Desperate Attempt to Keep Dane in London

​Tottenham Hotspur have ramped up their efforts to keep star midfielder Christian Eriksen at the club by offering the Dane a new contract worth more than double his current salary.

Eriksen gave an interview after Spurs’ Champions League final defeat in June stating his desire for ‘something new’ in football, and both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have since shown an interest.

The ​Daily Mail report that Tottenham have offered the 27 year-old a new deal worth £200k-a-week, which is more than double the £80k-a-week he currently earns.

However, ​Spurs have been told by ​Eriksen’s advisers that the Danish international’s next contract will not be motivated by money, dealing a huge blow to their hopes of keeping hold of him.

Despite previously offering a deal worth £160k-a-week, the north London club have so far been unable to convince the Dane to extend his stay. With just 12 months left on his existing deal, they face losing the midfielder on the cheap.

Christian Eriksen

Eriksen joined Spurs from Ajax in the summer of 2013 and has gone on to make close to 300 appearances for the club, scoring 66 goals and providing 86 assists.

It is believed that Eriksen’s preferred destination is ​Real Madrid, but ​La Liga rivals ​Barcelona and ​Atleti have also been linked, as Mauricio Pochettino has ​admitted there has been ‘lots of interest’.

The Spurs midfielder is currently in Singapore with the club on their pre-season tour of Asia. Eriksen has been training alone following minor surgery in June, but is expected to play some part.

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Tottenham are competing in the International Champions Cup, where they face ​Juventus on Sunday before taking on ​Manchester United on July 25th.

Spurs’ first game of the 2019/20 Premier League season comes against ​Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, by which point they will know whether Eriksen has committed his future to club.

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Africa Cup of Nations: An All-Time XI From AFCON History

The Africa Cup of Nations 2019 edition comes to a close on Friday evening as Senegal vie for their first-ever title against a free-scoring Algeria in Cairo.

Bonafide superstars of European football like Kalidou Koulibaly, Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane all have the chance to become card-carrying legends for their countries, while the latter even admitted that winning ​AFCON would mean more to him than the Champions League medal he picked up with Liverpool just a month and a bit ago.

As the class of 2019 eye immortality, here’s an all-time XI of the tournament’s greatest stars…


Goalkeeper & Defenders

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Essam El Hadary (GK) – The incomparable El Hadary (gloriously nicknamed the ‘High Dam’) made 159 appearances for Egypt between 1996 and 2018, when he became the oldest player ever to feature in a World Cup finals at 45. He has won AFCON four times (1998, 2006, 2008, 2010) and was named as the tournament’s best keeper on three occasions. 

Honourable mention: Thomas N’Kono

Lauren (RB) – An ‘Invincible’ with Arsenal in 2004, Lauren is a two-time AFCON winner (2000, 2002) with the dominant Cameroon side of the early noughties that also won Olympic gold in 2000. His AFCON highlight came when he scored in the penalty shootout victory against Senegal in the 2002 final to retain the trophy.

Arthur Boka (LB) – Although never an AFCON winner, Ivory Coast’s Arthur Boka earns a place in the side for playing at five tournaments between 2006 and 2013, twice finishing on the wrong end of a penalty shootout defeat in the final. The pacey full back once dubbed the ‘African Roberto Carlos’ also won the Bundesliga against the odds with Stuttgart in 2007.

Rigobert Song (CB) – With eight tournaments under his belt, no-one has played at more AFCONs than former Liverpool, West Ham and Galatasaray star Song. He was captain as the Indomitable Lions won in 2000 and 2002 and was still wearing the armband in 2008 when they lost to Egypt in the final. The uncle of former Arsenal star Alex Song, he finished his international career in 2010 with 137 caps.

Wael Gomaa (CB) – One of the finest defenders never to play in Europe, Gomaa was a key member of the Egypt side that won the 2006 trophy and then defended it in 2008 and in 2010. 

The bald enforcer, who featured in all three of those tournaments’ Best XIs, retired in 2014 with six CAF Champions League titles to go with his AFCON medals.


Midfielders

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Geremi (CM) – An invaluably versatile operator, Geremi could play at the back on the right or in central midfield. He made seven AFCON squads for Cameroon winning twice in 2000 and 2002 alongside Lauren and Song. Among his other career honours, the free-kick specialist won two Premier Leagues, the UEFA Champions League and an Olympic gold.

Honourable mention: Yaya Toure

Abedi Pele (CM) – Regarded as one of the finest African footballers of all time and one of the first to make waves on the European game, Pele was also successful on his own continent, winning AFCON with Ghana in 1982 as a teenager. He scored three times and was named the tournament’s Best Player as the Black Stars returned to the final in 1992.

Jay-Jay Okocha (CM) – One of the most entertaining footballers to watch in the history of the modern game, Okocha’s dribbling, skill and invention saw him crowned Nigerian Footballer of the Year seven times. A key part of the 1994 AFCON winning Nigeria team, Okocha also won the tournament’s Golden Boot and Best Player award in 2004.


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​Samuel Eto’o (FW) – Eto’o might well be the greatest African footballer there has ever been. A three-time Champions League winner with Barcelona and Internazionale, the prolific striker was named African Player of the Year on four occasions, won AFCON twice (2000, 2002) and is the all-time top scorer in the competition’s history with 18 goals.

Honourable mention: Roger Milla

Mohamed Aboutrika (FW) – The talisman of Egypt’s AFCON wins in 2006 and 2008, the tricky forward is a bonafide legend in his homeland whose popularity is perhaps only just being matched by Mohamed Salah. The ‘Prince of Hearts’ scored the winning penalty against Ivory Coast in the final of AFCON 2006, while he coolly slotted a second-half winner past Carlos Kameni in 2008 to give Egypt a 1-0 win over Cameroon in the 2008 final.

Hossam Hassan (FW) – Representing the Pharaohs at seven AFCONs, Hassan is still Egypt’s all-time top scorer with 69 goals and, with 169 caps, is the second-most capped player in international football history. First winning AFCON in 1986, he then captained Egypt to their win on home soil in 2006 at the grand old age of 40.


Manager

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Herve Renard – There can be only one. The immaculately dressed, unbuttoned Frenchman is the only manager to have won the tournament with two different nations, having led underdogs Zambia to improbable success in 2012 before repeating the feat three years later with Ivory Coast. 


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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

​Bayern Munich take on Real Madrid on Sunday in the International Champions Cup in Houston, Texas, with both sides looking to get off the mark in the tournament.

The match will showcase new signings for both sides, with Real boasting the arrivals of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, and Ferland Mendy. Bayern will be hoping to give fans a glimpse of World Cup hero Benjamin Pavard.

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Take a look at 90min’s preview of the clash below.


Where to Watch

​When Is Kick Off?                                                Sunday 21 July                                            
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​01:00 (BST)
​Where Is it Played? ​NRG Stadium, Houston
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​ESPN
​Referee? ​TBC

Team News

​The only player missing from the Munich squad is £72m signing Lucas Hernandez who is recovering from a knee operation back in Germany. Niko Kovac will be looking to give the club’s young talents some invaluable first team experience.

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As for Zinedine Zidane, he will be missing former Manchester City prospect Brahim Diaz due to a bicep injury. A summer with a heavy international schedule will also mean late returns from those involved in the Copa America, the Gold Cup, and the European Under-21 Championships. 


Predicted Lineups

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Neuer; Pavard, Alaba, Sule, Kimmich; Gnabry, Tolisso, Thiago, Coman, Singh; Lewandowski.
​Real Madrid ​Courtois; Varane, Vallejo, Odriozola, Mendy; Valverde, Modric, Kroos; Rodygo, Hazard, Jovic.

Head to Head Record

Excluding friendlies, the two giants have met 26 times​. Los Blancos have the edge over Die Bayern with 12 victories compared to the German’s 11. 

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The most recent meeting between the two came in the 2017/18 Champions League semi-finals when it was Zidane’s side who progressed, eventually going on to win the competition for the third season in a row.

In fact, Bayern haven’t managed to beat the side from the Spanish capital since 2012, a record Kovac will want to put an end to.


Recent Form

There is no doubt that Bayern will be hoping to pick up where they left off in last season’s incredibly strong run-in that saw the squad win the DFB Pokal and pip Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title.

However, their performances in this summer’s friendlies so far have been a mixed bag, losing to Arsenal in their International Champions Cup opener.​

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Sunday’s match in Houston will be Real’s first since they limped home with a 2-0 defeat to Real Betis at the Bernabeu on the last day of the 2018/19 La Liga season. They will be looking to put last year behind them and continue where Zidane left them two seasons ago.

Here’s how each side has fared in their last five results:

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​Arsenal 2-1 Bayern Munich (18/7) ​Real Madrid 0-2 Real Betis (19/5)
​Lindau 2-4 Bayern Munich (29/5) ​Real Sociedad 3-1 Real Madrid (12/5)       
​Kaiserslautern 1-1 Bayern Munich (27/5) ​Real Madrid 3-2 Villarreal (5/5)
​RB Leipzig 0-3 Bayern Munich (25/5) ​Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Real Madrid (28/4)
​Bayern Munich 5-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (18/5)   ​Getafe 0-0 Real Madrid (25/4)

Prediction

Both managers will be looking more at the performances rather than the result. However, there is no harm in winning matches in preparation for the new season. 

​Real Madrid have lots of work to do after last season’s shambolic performances. They may also still be a little rough around the edges with much of the squad yet to play together.

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​Bayern Munich will perhaps be a little more prepared but not by much. Their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal shows the importance of having these games, highlighting any major problems before the start of the season. 

The Germans should come out on top.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Real Madrid

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How Everton Beat Real Madrid & AC Milan to Flamengo Wonderkid Reinier

Everton are set to beat Real Madrid and AC Milan to the signing of 17-year-old Flamengo prodigy Reinier, a player who was also of interest Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

The teenager is comparable to City forward Gabriel Jesus, who was just 19 years of age when his transfer from Palmeiras to the Premier League was agreed.

90min understands it is the presence of 22-year-old Brazilian forward Richarlison at Goodison Park that has helped sway Reinier in his decision to join Everton ahead of other suitors.

A club-record signing for the Toffees last summer, Richarlison famously made an impact in the Premier League with Watford when he was just 20 after arriving in England from Fluminense.

Brazilian outlet Globoesporte has also reported on the expected Everton transfer, revealing that Flamengo officials Marcos Braz and Bruno Spindel stopped in England for talks while on their way to Spain to negotiate a deal for out of contract former Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis.

That report suggests that while Reinier has a release clause in his Flamengo contract worth €70m (£63), Everton are willing to pay up to €40m (£36m), which includes add-ons. It is important to note Flamengo own 100% of the player’s rights, meaning no messy third party deal.

Assuming a deal with Everton is fully agreed, Reinier would remain with Flamengo until his 18th birthday, meaning he would make the move to England so sooner than January 2020.

Reinier was linked with Real Madrid in March of this year, drawing comparisons with the Spanish club’s initial capture of winger Vinicius Junior, also from Flamengo, at the age of 16 in 2017.

Milan were linked with Reinier around the same time, and it again drew comparisons with a past deal after the Rossoneri had landed Lucas Paqueta from Flamengo in January.

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Real Madrid Land First Female Signing in Shape of Sweden Star Kosovare Asllani

Real Madrid have completed the signing of their first ever female player after Sweden international Kosovare Asllani confirmed that she will be joining the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Having not previously operated a women’s team unlike the rest of Europe’s biggest clubs, Los Blancos have recently taken over local women’s team CD Tacon. The club name will remain unchanged this season, but Tacon will be rebranded to Real Madrid in 2020.


It was therefore Tacon, newly promoted to Liga Femenina after finishing top of the Spanish second tier last season, who announced the transfer. But Asllani herself mentioned both clubs on social media, expressing particular excitement about the famous white kit.

“Excited to write history, to help build and be part of this teams journey from the very start. It’ll be a dream to wear the most beautiful jersey in the world starting next season,” she said.

Asllani has played for Chicago Red Stars, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, and it was recently confirmed that her contract with top Swedish club Linkopings had ended early.

The 29-year-old forward was one of the stars of this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France, scoring three goals as Sweden defied expectation to finish third.

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