Arsenal to face New York Red Bulls in July friendly in USA

Thierry Henry: Arsenal legend to face Gunners in New York

Thierry Henry: Arsenal legend to face Gunners in New York

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Arsenal have introduced they’re to play a pre-season pleasant in opposition to the New York Red Bulls within the United States this summer season.

The Gunners will take on the MLS membership at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on Saturday July 26.

Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry now captains the Red Bulls after joining them in 2010, while former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill and Bradley Wright-Phillips, son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, are additionally prone to function against Arsene Wenger’s aspect.

Wenger informed his club’s official website: “This shall be an amazing likelihood to play in front of supporters who haven’t seen the team play earlier than.

“The New York Red Bulls will probably be halfway by their season, so they may present a very good take a look at.

“Obviously it is going to be good to play against Thierry. He’s a really special participant in our club’s history and I do know the gamers and the supporters will enjoy this very much.”

Henry stated: “It goes without saying that hosting Arsenal at Red Bull Arena shall be a particular moment for me each on a professional and personal stage.”

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Japan name squad for New Zealand friendly


TOKYO – Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has named Milan's Keisuke Honda and Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa to a 23-man squad for subsequent week's World Cup warm-up against New Zealand.

Shinji Kagawa was named to Japan's roster for the tune up towards New Zealand.

Honda and Kagawa were amongst 11 Europe-primarily based gamers named for the match in opposition to New Zealand; Japan's first as they prepares for his or her fifth-straight World Cup appearance.

"New Zealand are a physical workforce so this will likely be a good problem," Zaccheroni stated. "I want to examine on varied issues we've been working on for the final three years."

Defender Yuto Nagatomo of Inter Milan and ahead Shinji Okazaki of German side Mainz were additionally named.

Japan face New Zealand on March 5 at Tokyo's National Stadium within the final match on the venue earlier than it is demolished and rebuilt for the 2020 Olympics.

The reigning Asian champions are drawn in Group C for this summer's World Cup to face Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast.

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Customary Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Hajime Hosogai (Hertha Berlin), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F Marinos), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Masato Kudo (Kashiwa Reysol), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich)

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Scotland fans fill Trafalgar Square fountains with soap bubbles and beer ahead of England friendly

A Scotland fan stands in the fountain in Trafalgar Square forward of their worldwide pleasant match in opposition to England tonight on August 14, 2013 in London, England. Scotland and England will meet at..

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A Scotland fan stands within the fountain in Trafalgar Square forward of their international friendly match against England tonight on August 14, 2013 in London, England. Scotland and England will meet at Wembley stadium tonight for their first international in 14 years. (Photograph by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Thousands of Scottish followers overtook Trafalgar Square in London ahead of their friendly against England — the first match between the two sides in 14 years. Given the long wait, the event referred to as for a celebration, so the Scotland supporters placed on their kilts, grabbed their dish cleaning soap and took to the fountains.

According to The Mirror, 25,000 Scotland fans flocked to London to see the match. And celebration. This is a quote from one fan who made the journey:

“If we win, there will probably be a party. If we lose there might be an excellent greater party however it would have been after ninety minutes of inconvenience,” he mentioned.

“It would be candy if we may get something, a win, over England. It might be the perfect feeling in the world.

“We are passionate and we wish to party.”

As you’ll be able to see from the photos, they were having more fun than you at present before the match even started.

UPDATE: A Scotland fan has been arrested for dancing drunk and naked in the fountain. Yes, only one. To date.


Ecuador-Spain friendly halted for 11th minute tribute to Christian Benitez

It’s been two weeks since Ecuadorian worldwide Christian “Chucho” Benitez died a day after taking part in his first match for Qatari club El Jaish as a result of an undetectable heart ailment. In Ecuador’s friendly towards Spain at the Estadio Monumental, their first match since Benitez’s demise, they honored their No. eleven by halting the match within the eleventh minute. The followers and each groups took a moment to cheer Benitez’s memory before the match resumed. Spain went on to win 2-zero.

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In addition the 11th minute tribute, the Ecuadorian players also wore shirts featuring a picture of Benitez and his No. 11 before the match and a black ribbon was sewn onto their sleeves. One participant even had “Chucho” minimize into the back of his hair (see video above). Followers also held up an enormous duplicate of his shirt in the stands.