Pre-Season Football

The close season seems to be getting shorter and shorter each year, with football clubs jetting off around the world to fulfil their commitments to sponsors and help expand awareness of their global ‘brand’. After my trip to Brazil, I was lucky to be able to spend some time at home, although there was still plenty to get stuck into throughout the brief summer break…

 

 

New Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini poses with new signing Fernandinho
New Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini poses with new signing Fernandinho

 

A general view (GV) of Deepdale, home to Preston North End
A general view (GV) of Deepdale, home to Preston North End

 

Liverpool players celebrate a goal during their pre-season fixture against Preston North End
Liverpool players celebrate a goal during their pre-season fixture against Preston North End

 

Former Stoke City player Rory Delap turns out for Burton Albion in a pre-season fixture against Derby County
Former Stoke City player Rory Delap turns out for Burton Albion in a pre-season fixture against Derby County

 

The new black and amber striped socks of Hull City
The new black and amber striped socks of Hull City

 

Young Crewe Alexandra fans wait for an autograph before their pre-season match against Manchester United
Young Crewe Alexandra fans wait for autographs before their pre-season match against Manchester United

 

New Manchester United manager David Moyes signs autographs before his first home fixture in charge, against Sevilla
New Manchester United manager David Moyes signs autographs before his first home match, against Sevilla

 

Portsmouth fan John Westwood seen during their League 2 match away to Accrington Stanley
Portsmouth fan John Westwood

 

A Coventry fan protests against his club's move away from the Ricoh Arena
A Coventry fan protests against his club’s move away from the Ricoh Arena

 

Coventry fans watch their match against Bristol City from a hill overlooking Sixfields Stadium
Coventry fans watch their match against Bristol City from a hill overlooking Sixfields Stadium

 

Wayne Rooney of England (L) jokes with coach Gary Neville during an England training session at St. George's Park
Wayne Rooney (L) jokes with England coach Gary Neville during an England training session at St. George’s Park near Burton-upon-Trent

 

England manager Roy Hodgson stands in the dugout as he takes temporary charge of the U21 side during their friendly match against Scotland at Brammal Lane
England manager Roy Hodgson (R) stands in the dugout alongside assistant Ray Lewington as he takes temporary charge of the U21 side during their friendly match against Scotland at Brammal Lane, Sheffield

 

Raheem Sterling of England U21 battles with Ryan Jack of Scotland U21
Raheem Sterling of England U21 battles with Ryan Jack of Scotland U21

 

The gravestone in Rose Lawn Cemetery marking the final resting place of George Best, along with his mother, Annie, and father, Richard (Dickie)
The gravestone in Rose Lawn Cemetery marking the final resting place of George Best, along with his mother, Annie, and father, Richard (Dickie)

 

A mural depicting George Best, seen on the side of a building in Belfast
A mural depicting George Best, seen on the side of a building in Belfast

 

A mural depicting George Best, seen on a wall outside Windsor Park in Belfast
A mural depicting George Best on a wall outside Windsor Park in Belfast

 

Gareth McAuley of Northern Ireland battles with Artem Dzyuba of Russia
Gareth McAuley of Northern Ireland battles with Artem Dzyuba of Russia

 

Martin Paterson of Northern Ireland scores their winning goal against Russia
Martin Paterson of Northern Ireland scores their winning goal against Russia

 

Russia players look dejected as they leave the pitch following their 1-0 defeat
Russia players look dejected as they leave the pitch following their 1-0 defeat
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