02 July 2013
Real Madrid will play a friendly match against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday 21st July, in preparation for the 2013/14 season. The match against the English team, newly promoted to the Football League Championship (Second Division), will be played at Bournemouth’s Goldsands Stadium at 20:45 (19:45 local time).
"Real Madrid are at the pinnacle of global sport and to host them will be an honour for the squad, management and supporters of AFC Bournemouth. We are honoured to have been chosen", said Eddie Mitchell, chairman of the English club.
Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid’s Director of Institutional Relations, also spoke about the match: "The friendly match will be a fantastic opportunity for both teams and we are looking forward to travelling to Bournemouth and to the Goldsands Stadium. We look forward the challenge presented to us by our English opponents".
This match will be the first to be played by Carlo Ancelotti’s team in the 2013/14 preseason. Three days later they will play against Lyon, Karim Benzema’s old club, at the Gerland Stadium at 21:00 and then on 27th July they will play in Sweden against Paris Saint-Germain at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg at 20:00.