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What Is Pre-Season All About?

Are the pre-season overseas tours more about business or football?

MCFC returned to Manchester yesterday following a busy two week North American pre-season tour. In two days time they'll be in Germany playing Borussia Dortmund for the Ferrostaal Cup.

Baring in mind the above, what is pre-season all about?

ESPN TV pundits, Robbie Mustoe and Shaka Hislop begin the debate - can you finish it?

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 2 2010

Time: 8:52PM

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The whole modern era of footballing globalisation is stunning. Footy has always been a language in itself. Globe trotting fans will have time and again in their lives found that they can communicate in bars and beaches and up mountains with locals through the medium of the shinpad! Pre-season now is breathtaking round of flights and Soprano's style big truck travel for many Premier League superstars as the business models roll. Is this a poignant time to ask our mates at Blackpool what the hell they make of all this? Any Tangerines prepared to chip in and let us know?
Johnny Baguette
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02/08/2010 21:03:00

The pre season tours have always been about business. Look at last year's trip to South Africa, or the trip to Thailand the year before that. Most of the players in the second half of the Red Bulls game won't even see the pitch this season, but they got a chance to run out with the jersey and expose the future. Not only that, but fans in the US got a chance to see City, and football fans here got a chance to watch a game in person. And if one of the casual 10 year old kids in Baltimore liked the color of City's jersey, or liked the way Yaya Toure controlled the ball, or the speed and pace of Adam Johnson, or the quick movements of Wright Philips, then we just got ourselves another fan. If not, no big deal, we tried out some youngsters, made some money off of tickets, and still have the same number of fans. It's a win-win situation for everyone.
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03/08/2010 04:03:00

THe trip to the states was more about City showing what it can do in the community rather than simply business. I suspect very little if any money was made and almost all was ploughed back in. Chelsea visit a school, shake a few hands, give out a few shirts, smile at a few people. We visit the same school and build them a football field on the roof and the Headmaster is in tears because nobody had showed anything like that generosity before. Stretford? They follow the same plan as Chelsea. Who, we ask, is doing it right?
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03/08/2010 07:43:00

Yet more evidence of City and CITC policies ruining football!
Johnny Baguette
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03/08/2010 08:44:00

Sorry lads, but you're entirely wrong. Preseason is a vewry serious footballing excercise, and we clearly set out to win every game we played. The fact that we didn't is extremely serious for us, and based on these performances (especially losing to the European Champions) I fear that our team of overpaid mercenaries will fail to gell, Mancini will be sacked after the 2nd game, the dressing room will implode, we'll be relegated and the Sheikh will get tired of us and walk away, leaving us up the creek. Remember. you heard it here first. ;)
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03/08/2010 09:01:00

Typical excuses for the losses in the preseason, every teams AIM is to win the game, preseason or not, Mancini would want to win and so would the team, you lot are just making excuses as per usual, wonder what jobberish it will be this season, last season everyone was crying about the loss to United at OT, when the ref was CLEARLY right to give the extra time
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03/08/2010 13:53:00

Rob= WUM!
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03/08/2010 16:09:00

Na, me_innit, just congenitally thick.
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03/08/2010 21:44:00

So what, you think the city boys would go out there and aim to lose???? I understand that it is pre-season, but it can affect the start of the season, as evident of everton last season, we had a very poor and disrupted preseason (wont elaborate anymore) and it cost us a potential top 4/5 finish
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04/08/2010 13:53:00

I can't wait to see the end of these friendlies
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05/08/2010 05:09:00


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