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Five European pre-season fixtures to watch in July

Manchester City were the most successful team in the 2022-23 season as they won an incredible treble of trophies. 

Pep Guardiola’s side beat Arsenal to the Premier League title before triumphing over Manchester United at Wembley to lift the FA Cup. 

The Citizens were far from dominant in the Champions League final against Inter Milan, but they ultimately managed to seal the coveted European trophy thanks to Ilkay Gundogan’s strike in the 68th minute of the game. 

Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona sealed their first La Liga title since 2019 under manager Xavi Hernandez, finishing 10 points above Real Madrid. 

Napoli also enjoyed a hugely successful 2022-23 campaign as they lifted the Serie A title, ending their 33-year title drought in the process. 

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich won their 11th consecutive Bundesliga trophy but that was more down to Borussia Dortmund’s final day collapse against Mainz 05 rather than the Bavarians own brilliance. 

Now the 2023 summer transfer window is in full swing, with all the big European clubs trying to bolster their ranks. 

But the good news for fans is that football is returning soon with the pre-season fixtures in July

Below we have listed some of the best European pre-season fixtures. 

1- Arsenal vs Manchester United 

The two Premier League giants boast one of the best squads in Europe and also have a long history of rivalry with each other. 

Both clubs will be part of the Soccer Champions Tour in the United States and will face each other in a mouthwatering fixture at MetLife Stadium in New York on July 22. 

2- Newcastle United vs Chelsea 

Newcastle United have made a huge progress in the last few years and they are now a force to be reckoned with in Europe. The Magpies will meet Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on July 26. 

3- Juventus vs AC Milan

Juventus will square off with Serie A rivals AC Milan at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson on July 27. 

4- Barcelona vs Real Madrid 

Football fans will get to enjoy the El Clasico this year as Real Madrid and Barcelona lock horns with each other at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington on July 29. 

5- Bayern Munich vs Liverpool 

The two European heavyweights have won a combined 12 Champions League trophies between them. The two teams will be in action against each other at the National Stadium in Singapore on August 2.

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