The Emirates Cup is a pre-season tournament that has taken place for the last two summers and is hosted by English Premier League team Arsenal at their Emirates Stadium in North London. Emirates Airlines have agreed to sponsor the tournament for another two years after this summer’s extravaganza, so fans can enjoy their pre-season entertainment for a couple more seasons yet. You can catch all the action as it unfolds by joining us here at oleolefootball.com and enjoying the live stream football in all its glory.
The tournament always plays host to just four European teams, the hosts Arsenal, and three others who are invited. They only play twice each, so each team will not play one other at all during the tournament. It is played over just two days, and this summer’s games will take place on August 1st and 2nd 2009. The tournament has adopted a different points system to conventional league football; although there are still three points for a win and one point for a draw, each goal scored adds an additional point to the tally.
The participants who will line up this year include the hosts Arsenal, Scottish champions Rangers, French side Paris Saint-Germain and Spanish team Atletico Madrid. Day one kicks off on August 1st with Rangers facing Paris Saint-Germain in the early match, which is then followed by Arsenal against Atletico Madrid. Day two on August 2nd will see the early match of Paris Saint-Germain against Atletico Madrid, followed by Arsenal versus Rangers.
All the matches that have taken place in the two year history of the tournament so far have attracted crowds in excess of 50,000, and this summer’s games will be no different, especially with thousands of fans expected to travel down from Glasgow following Rangers.
The first tournament which took place in the summer of 2007 featured Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan from Italy and Spain’s Valencia. Arsenal lifted the inaugural trophy after two 2-1 wins, the first over Paris Saint-Germain and the second against Inter Milan.
The 2008 tournament saw Arsenal pit their wits against Hamburg of Germany, Spanish giants Real Madrid and the classy Italians from Juventus. Each team in the tournament won one game and lost the other, so the goals scored and the extra points for doing so came into play. Hamburg managed to score the most goals, four in total, and therefore win the trophy, but not before scoring two goals in injury time against Juventus in their second game to secure a 3-0 win.
This season’s tournament will give all four managers a very good test just before the start of their respective 2009/2010 league campaigns. The level of football is normally very high in the games as each team is almost at an end of their pre-season training and almost ready for competitive action.
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