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足球友谊赛

2009-07-27 11:03BBC中国
  It's that time of year again: the season is over but instead of taking long vacations, many teams have taken to the road and are participating in pre-season friendlies

  London is hosting two friendly mini championships: the Wembley Cup and the Emirates Cup.

  The Wembley Cup allows teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Al Ahly (of Egypt) to show their potential against Champions League winners Barcelona.

  Even though these matches are widely known as friendlies they are often taken very seriously.

  Talking as an ambassador for the Wembley Cup, Terry Venables discussed Tottenham's involvement in the competition. He said of their manager Harry Redknapp:

  "[He] knows you can't say these games don't matter, because they do. It's so important you get a good work out ahead of the season."

  Commenting on the Emirates Cup, Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal Chief Executive said:

  "The tournament will provide a very competitive level of preparation for all the teams ahead of the 2009/2010 season."

  So these matches help teams to prepare for the following season, they showcase young and upcoming players and they offer first glimpses of new signings.

  Perhaps most importantly, they allow international fans a rare opportunity to see their favourite players in the flesh

  And whilst many teams have chosen to participate in UK, European or US-based friendlies, Manchester United and Liverpool will be two Premiership teams spending their summer that little bit further afield

  Liverpool's summer schedule includes matches in Thailand and Singapore while Manchester United's tour takes in Indonesia, Malaysia and China.

  Unfortunately for Manchester United, their tour has been hit by a not-so-friendly turn of events。 Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United Manager, made the difficult decision to abandon the opening game of their tour after a bomb was detonated at the Jakarta hotel in which the players were due to be staying.

  However, the Manchester United players did make it onto the pitch. Michael Owen scored a winning goal in his debut for the team and earned them a victory over Kuala Lumpur. They will now continue with the rest of their East Asia tour and will play FC Seoul and Hangzhou Greentown FC in coming weeks.

  词汇:

  vacations 假期
  taken to the road 上路
  friendlies 友谊赛
  mini championships 迷你联赛
  show their potential 展示他们的潜力
  ambassador 形象大使
  don't matter 不重要
  work out 锻炼
  competitive level of preparation 有竞争性的准备
  showcase 展示
  upcoming 新兴
  first glimpses 最初的几次亮相
  signings 签约球员

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