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pre-season friendlies are never pointless

they are used to get players as close to full match fitness as possible before the season starts

ok going to china isnt ideal from a fan point of view (it was far better going watch chelsea pre-season friendlies at oxford and kingstonian in the past) the china trip is a supposedley a money spinner for the club (selling shirts and merchandise) and to build up our asian fan base and profile, because the financial potential out there is massive as they love the premier league

its like everything else with premier league football now days its all how about how much can be earned, and where can it be earned from

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ok going to china isnt ideal from a fan point of view (it was far better going watch chelsea pre-season friendlies at oxford and kingstonian in the past) the china trip is a supposedley a money spinner for the club (selling shirts and merchandise) and to build up our asian fan base and profile, because the financial potential out there is massive as they love the premier league

its like everything else with premier league football now days its all how about how much can be earned, and where can it be earned from

dead on, and to add to that, China seems to be the main Asian market Kenyon is targeting. Not unwisely, I might add, considering the place is growing more economically liberal and wealthy by the day

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''Foreign Ownership

Chengdu Wuniu underwent another name change in January 2006 when they were bought out by English team Sheffield United. Now called Chengdu Blades to reflect their new owner's nickname The Blades, the team played with much improved performance and by the end of the year had climbed to 4th position in the table, their 2nd best ever finish at that time''

I found this a bit strange

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Its a pointless game!

If the club had wanted to play a terrible football team they should have played Millwall's B team.

Instead Kenyon and Co have travelled half way across the world to play in a NON-FOOTBALL country (Just look at China's national taem!!)

I long for the days when we used to play in Pre-season tournaments in Europe Ireland,France and Scandinavia.....

....against proper teams!!!!

Its a load of old boll*cks!

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Its a pointless game!

If the club had wanted to play a terrible football team they should have played Millwall's B team.

Instead Kenyon and Co have travelled half way across the world to play in a NON-FOOTBALL country (Just look at China's national taem!!)

I long for the days when we used to play in Pre-season tournaments in Europe Ireland,France and Scandinavia.....

....against proper teams!!!!

Its a load of old boll*cks!

gotta agree with that!

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gotta agree with that!

Unfortunately we are not the same old club, and there are some repercussions for this. We have the opportunity to make a lot of money based on a pre-season friendly, we should be happy. This will enable us to make even more money, something we need to continue to buy players the likes of Robinho or Kaka.

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I understand that mate.....

....but I dont have to agree with it!

And like everyone else who has their two-pennies worth we are all entitled to our opinions,rightly or wrongly.

In my view its a side of football I detest!

Detest!

I dont like the idea of whoring my football club around the world,selling the football club to part time foreigners who haven't got a clue about the traditions of English football,the fact its part of the fabric thats makes us what we are!

They dont have a clue!!

You cant sell or buy that,you just cant!

I'm not interested in selling a brand and the money side of football.........none of it!

What I care about is how the owners of our sacred football clubs carry the flame (Chelsea football club).

Its a part of modern football I didn't grow up with and I dont understand!

Rob

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I was really hoping for a repeat of last year and another trip to Glasgow

Yeah so was I!!!

I thought it was going to be a regular fixture Tim.

Saying that the club did think it was a good idea to play a pre-season 'FRIENDLY' against Celtic a couple of years ago!

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Pre-season matches are important preparation, but:

If we were really serious about getting the best possible preparation for the upcoming season, we would be playing them a lot closer to home. We could probably get in a couple more matches, and a lot more time at Cobham with the full squad.

Its all about the money though.

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Kenyon want balance the check by 2010(which is laughable), there is no way that can be done until we sell the brand to South East Asia. I agree, football wise, absoutely making no sense to go to China to play the type of match we had on Wednesday( we could have a better workout playing against Chelsea reserve or youth). We may have sold truck loads of Tshirt that night..

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Pre-season matches are important preparation, but:

If we were really serious about getting the best possible preparation for the upcoming season, we would be playing them a lot closer to home. We could probably get in a couple more matches, and a lot more time at Cobham with the full squad.

Its all about the money though.

Hit the nail on the head there Tom. Pre season is about the best possible preperation for the upcoming season. The players would get a much tougher work out playing decent teams over here or in europe. You dont have to explain to me the marketing reasons for playing in China or the U.S. I know the club has to try and establish itself in foriegn markets and cant rely on Romans dosh forever but winning trophies would achieve this easier than anything else which is why from a football point of view it does'nt make sense.

Prepare properly for the season, win the Prem/CL and the shirts will sell themselves.

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the matches are less important than the actual training between the games though, and maybe playing in higher temperatures / humidity has benefits when the season starts?

(although, generally I'd prefer we played closer to home, and the benefits I suggested are obviously coincidental, these trips are primarily commercial)

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and maybe playing in higher temperatures / humidity has benefits when the season starts?

Good point G4.

I'm not sure of the long term effect on players who play in high humidity,obviously the immediate effect is a drain on the players but over the long term,it may well be a benifit.

It seems these days that ALL the Premier League clubs even the smaller ones like Sp*rs :-) ,are taking long haul flights to play in far away tournaments.

Its all to boost the club's profiles abroad.

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Good point G4.

I'm not sure of the long term effect on players who play in high humidity,obviously the immediate effect is a drain on the players but over the long term,it may well be a benifit.

It seems these days that ALL the Premier League clubs even the smaller ones like Sp*rs :-) ,are taking long haul flights to play in far away tournaments.

Its all to boost the club's profiles abroad.

:D

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Not sure how a pre-season freindly can be pointless? The travelling can but not the actual game???

haven't read the link but let me guess, there is some quotes from a 'source' or an 'insider' ?

ie - its total bollocks.

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:D

Yes, but all the money in football today comes through tv rights not seats sold at ground, where is the biggest tv market where tv rights can be sold Asia hence it's importance to tap into the market.

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