Premier League clubs clock up 190,000 air miles as worldwide pre-season tours kick off
10:34 GMT, 5 July 2012
There was a time when pre-season consisted of some brutal training sessions in the nearest park and a tour round the local non-league outfits.
But now, the irrepressible need to sell a team's 'brand' to new markets around the world means clubs are travelling ever wider and wider for their pre-season preparations.
This summer, Premier League teams will clock up an incredible 190,000 air miles to fulfil warm-up fixtures overseas.
Reds alert: Liverpool headed to Malaysia last summer where the fans turned out in their thousands
All but one of the 20 sides lining up
in the top flight for 2012-2013 will be heading abroad. Six are heading
East to Asia, six to America and the rest will play in Europe. This is
in addition to domestic away trips.
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Sign of the times: Chelsea headed to Asia on tour last summer
After that, they also play against the Nigerian national team in Abuja and Bundesliga side Cologne in Germany.
With such phenomenal distances to fly, it’s perhaps just as well Dennis Bergkamp is safely in retirement.
Everton’s tour to Jakarta, where they
will compete in the Java Cup, and the considerably shorter jaunt Malaga,
amount to just over 17,000 miles. QPR’s three-game trip to Malaysia
will see them in the air for nearly the same distance.
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Manchester City will be seeking to
capitalise on their maiden title to capture the imagination of fans in
Beijing and Kuala Lumpur – but will travel over 14,000 miles to do so.
Sunderland face a 12,000 mile
round-trip to Suwon in Korea to take part in the Peace Cup, while
Chelsea’s four-stop tour of the United States will see them fly 12,700
Other leading sides are heading to
far-flung destinations but are more economical with their mileage –
Liverpool’s tour to Toronto and Baltimore comes in at under 10,000
More unexpected are the American tours
Stoke City and Swansea City will be going on, something unthinkable
just a few years ago.
But none of these compare to Fulham,
whose fans are the only ones in the Premier League not requiring a
passport this summer. They will travel just the 33 miles to Adams Park,
Wycombe for the sole away friendly announced to date.
OVERSEAS SUMMER TOURS IN FULL
London – Kuala Lumpur 6,530 miles, Kuala Lumpur – Beijing 2,641, Beijing – Hong Kong 1,206, Hong Kong – London 6,010, London – Abuja 2,942, Abuja – London 2,942, London – Cologne 316, Cologne –London 316
Birmingham to Philadelphia 3,486, Philadelphia to Chicago 657, Chicago to Portland 1,766, Portland to Birmingham 4,844, Birmingham to Bremen 448, Bremen to Birmingham 448
London to Seattle 4,797, Seattle to New York 2,345, New York to Philadelphia 101, Philadelphia to Miami 1,018, Miami to London 4,431
Liverpool to Jakarta 7,366, Jakarta to Liverpool 7,366, Liverpool to Malaga 1,155, Malaga to Liverpool 1,155
NO OVERSEAS TRIPS
Liverpool to Toronto 3,399, Toronto to Boston 1,241, Boston to Baltimore 974, Baltimore to Liverpool 3,477
Manchester to Beijing 5,052, Beijing to Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur 2,641, Kuala Lumpur to Manchester 6,568
Manchester United to Durban 6,055, Durban to Cape Town 776, Cape Town to Shanghai 8,059, Shanghai to Manchester 5,698, Manchester to Oslo 645, Oslo to Gothenburg 158, Gothenburg to Manchester 626, Manchester to Hannover 501, Hannover to Manchester 501
Newcastle to Chemnitz 823, Chemnitz to Landsberg am Lech 273, Landsberg am Lech to Faro 1,538, Faro to Newcastle 1,275
Norwich to Gleisdorf 1,023, Gleisdorf to Norwich 1,023
QUEEN’S PARK RANGERS
London to Sabah 7,044, Sabah to Kuala Lumpur 1,091, Kuala Lumpur to Surabaya 1,046, Surabaya to London 7,587
Reading to Vilamoura 1,543, Vilamoura to Reading 1,543
Southampton to Carouge 690, Carouge to Annecy 17, Annecy to Southampton 690
Stoke to Montreux 765, Montreux to Stoke 765, Stoke to Columbus 3,741, Columbus to Orlando 948, Orlando to Kansas 1,471 , Kansas to Stoke 4,225, Stoke to Frth, Bavaria 619, Frth to Stoke 619
Sunderland to Suwon 6,051, Suwon to Sunderland 6,051
Swansea to Denver 4,555, Denver to Oxnard, CA 1,072, Oxnard, CA to Santa Clara, CA 321, Santa Clara to Swansea 5,263
London to Los Angeles 5,446, Los Angeles to Baltimore 2,317, Baltimore to New York 169, New York to London 3,464, London to Valencia 832, Valencia to London 832
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Birmingham to Malmo 640, Malmo to Birmingham 640
WEST HAM UNITED
London to Prague 642, Prague to London 642, London to Erfurt 483, Erfurt to Dresden 117, Dresden to Cottbus 55, Cottbus to London 620
Wigan to Ostersund (Training camp) 909, Ostersund to Wigan 909
LEAGUE TOTAL: 189,137