Bournemouth Pre-Season 2019: Where to Watch the Cherries Play This Summer

?Who needs an exotic pre-season tour when your home ground is a stone’s throw away from some of the most picturesque beaches in Britain? 

Bournemouth fans will be hoping that the money saved from not flying their squad halfway around the world will be used to bring in some new additions, and will be eager to catch a glimpse of these fresh faces before the Premier League starts back in August.  

Whilst manager Eddie Howe will be reasonably pleased with another solid outing in England’s premier division last time round, he is not one to rest on his laurels and will already be methodically planning a rigorous pre-season training plan to help push his team back into the top half of the Premier League.  

Here’s a closer look at who, when, and where Bournemouth will be playing this summer… 


West Bromwich Albion

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Bournemouth will kick off pre-season proceedings a little later than most of their Premier League rivals, when they head 150 miles north to face West Brom on 26 July. The sides last faced off towards the end of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, when Bournemouth’s 2-1 victory played a part in consigning Albion to their subsequent relegation.  

With West Brom set to kick off their 2019/20 Championship campaign just over a week later, expect this to be a little more serious than the ‘friendly’ billing would have you believe. After missing out on promotion last season following an agonising penalty shootout loss to Aston Villa in the play off semi finals, Albion will be targeting this fixture as a chance to prove they belong in England’s top tier.   

?When Is Kick Off? ?Friday 26 July
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?7:45pm (local time)
?Where Is it Played? ?The Hawthorns
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?AFCBTV

Brentford

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Expect plenty of squad rotation when the Cherries go straight from their Friday night fixture against West Brom to a Saturday afternoon clash versus Brentford at Griffin Park. 

The last time Bournemouth made the trip up the M27 to face their south England rivals was during the 2014/15 Championship season when the Cherries won the league and gained promotion to the Premiership. 

Having spent the past few seasons milling around mid-table, Brentford will have their sights set on replicating Bournemouth’s success, as the season prior to their promotion the Cherries finished tenth.

Whilst mounting a serious title challenge is probably beyond the Bees’ reach, they will be hoping to kick on next season and secure themselves a play off spot.   

?When Is Kick Off? Saturday 27 July?
?What Time Is Kick Off? 3:00pm (local time)?
?Where Is it Played? Griffin Park?
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?AFCBTV

Lazio

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If 15 or 20 years ago someone had suggested Bournemouth would welcome Lazio to the Vitality Stadium and have a very good chance of beating the Italians, their sanity would have been questioned. 

Back in 2000 when Lazio were lifting the Serie A title, the Cherries were languishing at the bottom of the old Division Two. Fast forward 19 years – with a meteoric rise from the south Englanders, and a slight decline from the prestigious Italians – and 2 August will see the two sides clash on fairly even terms. 

With Lazio not kicking off their league campaign for a further three weeks after the fixture, expect to perhaps see a more youthful, experimental side from the Italians. 

Bournemouth on the other hand will be gearing up to kick off their fifth season in the Premier League just a week later, and Eddie Howe may well see the clash as an opportunity to test his strongest 11 against quality opposition. 

?When Is Kick Off? Friday 2 August?
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?7:45pm (local time)
?Where Is it Played? ?Vitality Stadium
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?AFCBTV

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Tottenham ‘Enquire’ About Julian Draxler With PSG Star Also Linked With Bundesliga Duo

?Tottenham have made an enquiry about bringing Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler to London, with Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen also interested in signing the German international. 

Draxler joined PSG following successful spells with Schalke and Wolfsburg, and has been a constant figure in the French capital since his arrival. In this time, the 25-year-old has helped his side win two league titles, as well as a number of domestic trophies. 

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Despite impressing since arriving at Parc des Princes, Sport Witness (via L’Equipe) have reported that the French champions are looking to offload Draxler before the end of the month, in order to help balance their accounts in accordance with Financial Fair Play rules. 

It is understood that both Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen have made formal enquiries about signing the World Cup winner, with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich also interested. L’Equipe state that PSG would be looking for ‘at least €40m’ to prise Draxler away from Paris and help ease their financial worries.

Whilst the French champions seem keen to offload the player, Draxler is reportedly very happy in Paris and would prefer to stay at the club if possible. 

Although Draxler has played the majority of his football as a winger, this season he has often been deployed more centrally; playing in behind the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. It is in this position that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino may look to utilise the German international – particularly in the wake of Christian Eriksen revealing his desire to seek a new challenge. 

Draxler first burst onto the scene at Schalke at just 17 years of age, becoming the fourth youngest Bundesliga player in history, as well as the club’s youngest ever league representative.

Despite interest from a number of Premier League teams, the young midfielder chose to stay in Germany with Wolfsburg before his eventual move to PSG.

Christian Eriksen

With Draxler not interested in leaving Ligue 1, despite the riches on offer in the Premier League, it could be that the player is impervious to the attractions of playing in England’s top flight – and a return to his homeland may be more likely.    

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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic & Matt Miazga Named in the USMNT’s Gold Cup Squad This Summer

?Chelsea stars Christian Pulisic and Matt Miazga have been included in USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter’s final 23-man squad as they look to retain the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup.

Alongside Pulisc and Miazga, Derby County’s Duane Holmes and Fulham defender Tim Ream have also been included.

Officially announced on Thursday, the USMNT’s squad included 13 players who have never featured at a Gold Cup before – including Pulisic – while a dozen will be entering their first ever official tournament with the national team.

Christian Pulisic

As always, there were some difficult decisions to be made for this roster and I’m extremely pleased with how the players have shown so far this year overall,” manager Berhalter said upon the announcement, quoted by ussoccer.com

“We’ve had a chance to look at the player pool for the last six months and we feel great about the group that will take on the task of trying to win the Gold Cup. This is only the start of the journey. 

“Our ambition is to progress as a team throughout the tournament and put ourselves in a position to be playing July 7 in Chicago.”

The USMNT, who have decided to leave out teenage striker Josh Sargent from the final squad, are in Group D alongside Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Panama.

Ahead of the competition which starts on June 16, Gerardo Martino’s Mexico are the favourites to lift the trophy next month, with Berhalter’s side sitting in second.

Boosted by Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey’s international future being cleared up, Jamaica are the pre-tournament’s fourth favourites.

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2019 Women’s World Cup: How Phil Neville’s Lionesses Have Performed at Every Previous Tournament

?“We’re probably going to be the best-prepared team that’s ever gone to a senior women’s World Cup, in terms of from an England point of view.”

Those are the words of Lionesses manager Phil Neville as England ready themselves for the start of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, seen as one of the contenders to lift the trophy after years of steady progress on the global stage.

As they look to go all the way this time around, take a moment to reflect on how England have previously fared…

If you take away nothing else, remember this: England have never previously failed to progress beyond the World Cup group stages, always at least reaching the knockout rounds.


1995 – Quarter Finals

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Having failed to make it to the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1991, England took their place on the global stage for the first time when the 12-team tournament headed to Sweden.

The Lionesses were drawn into a group alongside Nigeria, fellow first time qualifiers Canada and eventual champions Norway. The Norwegians walked the group, winning their three games, scoring 17 goals in the process and not conceding, but England followed them into the knockout rounds by claiming 3-2 wins over both Canada and Nigeria.


England met Germany in the quarter finals, but that was where their first World Cup adventure ended. Germany won 3-0, with current head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg scoring the first.

Notable England Players: Marieanne Spacey, Karen Farley, Gillian Coultard, Hope Powell, Brenda Sempare, Pauline Cope, Clare Taylor


2007 – Quarter Finals

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After that first foray, it was another 12 years before England made it back to the World Cup. By that time, midfielder Hope Powell had hung up her boots and had been in charge of the Lionesses for close to 10 years as the team took another leap forward.

Hope Powell

England kicked off with a 2-2 draw against Japan and were only denied victory by a 95th minute equaliser. It was also the game that yielded Kelly Smith’s now iconic boot kissing celebration after she scored twice. That was followed by an impressive 0-0 draw against World Cup holders Germany, and a 6-1 hammering of Argentina to progress into the knockouts stages.

But, again, England bowed out at the quarter finals. This time it was the United States who beat them 3-0, with Abby Wambach and two-time World Cup winner Kristine Lilly among the goals. Germany, held by England in the group stages, went on to lift the trophy again.

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Notable England Players: Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey, Mary Phillip, Faye White, Sue Smith, Katie Chapman, Rachel Brown, Rachel Unitt


2011 – Quarter Finals

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England reached the final of Euro 2009 and went into the 2011 World Cup in high spirits, hoping to finally win a knockout game on the global stage. Things got off to a slow start after a draw against Mexico, but the Lionesses actually went on to top their group for the first time.

Mexico v England: Group B - FIFA Women's World Cup 2011

The second group game against New Zealand saw England come from behind in the second half to claim a 2-1 victory, while a famous Ellen White lob contributed to a 2-0 win over Japan, who eventually went on to win the tournament, in the third group fixture.

England then met France in the quarter finals and were on course to win after Jill Scott broke the deadlock, only to concede a late equaliser. The game remained level though extra-time and France ultimately prevailed in a penalty shootout when captain Faye White missed.

Faye White

Notable England Players: Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey, Faye White, Casey Stoney, Fara Williams, Alex Scott, Ellen White, Jill Scott


2015 – Third Place

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Hope Powell stepped down as England boss after a disastrous Euro 2013 and a new generation of talent came to the fore under the guidance of Mark Sampson at the World Cup in Canada two years later. And the Lionesses not only won a first ever World Cup knockout game, but two.

It was actually another slow start after the tournament began with a 1-0 defeat to France. England were then somewhat laboured in their next game against Mexico until Fran Kirby sparked the team into life to win 2-1, while there was another 2-1 win against Colombia.

Fran Kirby,Lucy Bronze

With the World Cup expanded to 24 teams, 2015 was the first to feature a round of 16. England came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 in that game, won by a Lucy Bronze piledriver, while another 2-1 win after a pair of early goals was enough to beat Canada in the quarters.

A now infamous semi final saw England cruelly crash out against Japan in the last four after a freak own goal from Laura Bassett put Japan ahead in stoppage time. The Lionesses rallied, though, and claimed a bronze medal by beating Germany 1-0 in the third/fourth playoff.

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Notable England Players: Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Fara Williams, Fran Kirby, Karen Bardsley, Laura Bassett, Karen Carney, Jodie Taylor


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Che Adams: 5 Things to Know About the Everton and Southampton Transfer Target

With Premier League spending likely to go through the roof again this summer, clubs could opt to poach young emerging Championship talent rather than spend big sums on household European names.

Birmingham City’s Che Adams attracted interest from Southampton during the January transfer window, while Everton have also been linked, but the Blues rejected the Saints’ approach due to their inability to replace the striker because of a transfer embargo.

The 22-year-old has a host of clubs chasing his signature after scoring 22 goals last season but Birmingham are reluctant to part ways with their prized asset cheaply, especially with young homegrown strikers proving tough to come by.

Here are five things to know about the English striker who could be playing in the ?Premier League next season…


He Flourishes Alongside a Target Man

Lukas Jutkiewicz,Che Adams

Adams’ breakthrough season saw him torment Championship defences for the Blues as Garry Monk’s men survived a turbulent campaign. Adams thrived alongside strike partner Lukas Jutkiewicz, who also had a fruitful season.

Between the two of them, they managed 52 of Birmingham’s 64 goals and Jutkiewicz’s presence and hold up play created space for Adams, who was able to latch on to flicks from his strike partner with his blistering pace.

Unlike Adams, the 30-year-old, who scored ten and laid on a further 14 last season, has one year left on his deal at St Andrews.


Early Rejection Made Him Stronger

Che Adams

Born in Leicester, Adams grew up playing as a midfielder-cum-striker who spent time in Coventry City’s academy before being released. So he joined local side St Andrews and then moved on to Oadby Town, for whom he represented as a 16-year-old.

At 16 he went to play men’s football for Ilkeston Town in the Northern Premier League, where he earned a call up to the England C squad.

He was reportedly watched by 45 scouts at an Ilkeston home game, with Newcastle, Sunderland and Rangers all keen, before Nigel Clough managed to sign the youngster at Sheffield United.

Adams’ journey up the lower emblems of the footballing pyramid has shown similarities to the path taken by Jamie Vardy.


His Future at International Level Is Still Up in the Air

Che Adams

Adams, whose father is from Antigua, was invited to join the Antigua and Barbuda squad for Caribbean Cup qualifiers in October 2014, but decided against accepting the invitation.

He was called up to the England Under-20 squad for two matches against the Czech Republic in early September 2015.

Adams also qualifies to represent Scotland through a maternal grandparent. He was approached by the Scottish Football Association in 2017, initially to consider playing for Scotland Under-21s, and later for a senior friendly in November, but was not willing to commit himself at that time.

A Premier League move this summer and a successful start to top flight football could see Adams play his way into the thinking of England boss Gareth Southgate.


He Has the Physical Attributes to Thrive in the Premier League

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Adams decided last season that he wanted to become more physically imposing on opposing defences and improved his fitness levels to ensure he finished matches strongly.

He has also benefitted from the fitness regime Monk has implemented at Birmingham since he took charge in March.

Birmingham’s number nine was prolific last season but his willingness to improve in both physical and technical departments will make him an appealing acquisition for Premier League managers this summer.

Adams’ pace, power and strength could suit sides that are set up to counter attack but also teams that are eager to press from the front and win the ball high up the pitch.


He’s Getting Used to Winning Personal Accolades

Che Adams

After becoming the first Birmingham player to score 20 in a season since Steve Claridge in the 1994/95 campaign, Adams’ achievements were recognised at the club’s end of season presentation night.

He was named in the EFL’s Championship Team of the Season and nominated alongside Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki and Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp for the Championship Player of the Season award.

He won both Players’ and Supporters’ Player of the Year Awards, although Jutkiewicz ran him close for the latter, and his strike in a 3-3 draw with Swansea in January was named Goal of the Season.


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