Tottenham have today announced the pre season fixture list. Having looked at these it seems clever, start with the smallers teams and finish with some of the better European teams to prepare us for the start of the season. In previous seasons we have avoided playing more than 1 or 2 of the bigger European teams which with the exception of last has seen poor starts to the season.
Spurs open up the friendly fixtures with a trip to Bournemouth away on July 10th, followed a week later by flying out for a tour of the USA where we take on the San Jose Earthquakes on the 17th. Just a few days later the tour of America continues with the pre season tournament labelled the New York Football Challenge which is similar to the Amsterdam tournament. The first game in this cup will be agaisnt New York Red Bulls on July 22nd followed by the final game on the 25th agaisnt Sporting Lisbon. We then fly home for a home match agaisnt Spanish side Villareal on July 29th in an evening game. August starts with an away game on the 3rd agaisnt Benfica and the final game before the new season kicks off will be a home match agaisnt Fiorentina on the 7th.
10 July: Bournemouth (a) 3pm
17 July: San Jose Earthquakes (a)
22 July: New York Red Bulls – New York Football Challenge
25 July: Sporting Lisbon – New York Football Challenge
29 July: Villarreal (h) 8pm
3 August: Benfica (a) 7.45pm; Spurs XI v Ipswich Town (a) 7.45pm.
7 August: Fiorentina (h) 3pm
No doubt about it we will be in for a hard season so I am glad there are some tough games in this fixture list so we can get our preperations underway properly instead of being lead into a false sense of security by playing teams we will thump and end up getting a wake up call on day one of the Premiership season agaisnt City.
Tickets for all pre season matches will be going on sale on the Spurs official site so keep an eye out over the coming weeks.