Sister club OH Leuven will be on the list of pre-season games as Leicester prepare for a new campaign. A game will take place at Den Dreef on the 16th of July.
Early doors as this is the only game on the pre-season platter so far, but also said from several sources that the club prepares a trip to Evian in France.
Over the years the number of places visited are a grand list of places that will see no pattern in preperation but just fantastic adventures as you try to bond a group together.
We have in the past seen Leicester take on the national teams of Kuwait and Rhodesia and also play giant clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, both visitors to King Power Stadium for a final fixture before kicking off the season.
In 2016 as Premier League winners Leicester took part in a fantastic pre-season tournament with one game played vs. Barcelona in Stockholm. Was present at the game and fantastic to watch this special event at Friends Arena.
Sweden in itself is not unfamiliar for Leicester as they have visited the country for many pre-season games in the past. They spent time here with former manager Sven Goran Eriksson taking the team to Stockholm for a mini tournament in 2011. They have also frequently visited Norway, but a number years since the last happening, being present in Bodo and Lillestrom for the 2005 pre-season tour.
A few years earlier another visit to Norway made impression on Simon Grayson as Leicester toured the country of mountains. He was terrified as a special buss ride comes to mind. Leicester has also visited Finland as part of their pre-season campaign.
Different managers have different ideas but looking back in time trips to Scandinavia has been part of many years of Leicester pre-season campaigns as we did see them against Norwegian and Swedish clubs a lot during the seventies.
Some trips to foreign land as even been done as bonding and preperations without even kicking a ball as the one in Torrimolinos in the early 80’s.
Nigel Pearson had a walk in the Carpathian mountains during a pre-season tour and was attacked by wild dogs, using his walking poles as protection, luckily made his escape, and returned without any other scars than the episode stucked on his mind.
We certainly hope Brendan Rodgers will have a much more relaxed pre-season and that his squad will get the best preperation possible and be well prepared when the new season kicks off in August.
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