With a two-week training camp in Spain starting this weekend for the Royals, we are now able to confirm the teams which we will go up against during what is set to be a busy fortnight for our first team.
First up, on Wednesday 10th July, we will play our first competitive football of the tour in an opener against Gibraltar Premier Division side, Gibraltar United (kick-off 7.30pm, local time).
Then, on Saturday 13th July, the Royals will be travelling from their team base in Estepona to take on Spanish giants and five-time Europa League champions, Sevilla.
Not only will José Gomes’ men be pitting their wits against one of Europe’s top-performing clubs, but this match will also be open to supporters in Seville. The game will take place at Estadio Municipal “Felipe del Valle” en San José de la Rinconada, kicking off at 9pm (local time).
Tickets will be priced between €5-10 for this match and all proceeds will be donated to local grassroots footballing projects in the area.
The Royals will then return back to base as they prepare for a double header on Tuesday 16th July – first we will play Malaga B (kick-off 10am, local time) before a second Royals side will take on Spanish second-tier outfit Extremadura UD in the same evening (kick-off 7.30pm, local time).
The day before the squad fly home, we will play a second double-header as our travelling squad split into two teams once more for two friendlies on Saturday 20th July.
In the morning, the Royals will take on a Lincoln City side that have made their way up to League One, following two promotions in three impressive seasons for Danny Cowley’s men. That match is due to kick off at 10am (local time).
And the final friendly match of the tour will see Reading face off against newly-promoted La Liga outfit, Granada CF on the evening of Saturday 20th July (kick-off 7.30pm), before the squad head home the following day.
The club have already announced two fixtures which are set to be played on UK soil - we will begin our summer’s preparation by playing Southend at Hogwood Park this weekend, kick-off 12noon on Saturday 6th July.
Then, less than a week before our campaign begins, Madejski Stadium will host Europa League winners Chelsea on Sunday 28th July, kicking off at 3pm. Tickets for this game are due to go on sale to supporters very shortly.
Besides the game in Seville, most of our pre-season friendlies in Spain will be played behind closed doors near the team’s training camp. However, we anticipate that there will be another opportunity for Royals fans to see our first team in pre-season action on home soil this summer, details of which will be announced in due course.