Friday, July 01, 2005

Real Madrid promotion tour to USA and Asia

Real Madrid has announced the dates of the six exhibition matches it will play on its 16-day preseason tour of the United States, Japan, China and Thailand. Madrid sets off on July 14 and will play Mexico's Chivas in Chicago two days later. It then meets Los Angeles Galaxy at Carson, California on July 18. Madrid moves on to China on July 19 where it will meet Beijing Guoan at the Workers' Stadium on July 23 in a game marking the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the cities of Beijing and Madrid.

The Spanish team plays Tokyo Verdy on July 25 and Jubilo Iwata on July 27, with both games at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium. Madrid ends the tour with a match against a Thailand All-Star team in Bangkok on July 29 before returning to Madrid the next day.

Madrid has won 29 Spanish league titles and nine European championships, but hasn't won a major trophy in the past two seasons despite a roster featuring David Beckham, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo, Associated Press commented.