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Pre-season takes shape

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City’s pre-season schedule is beginning to take shape with the players returning to training in just over a week’s time and some fixtures already pencilled in.

Several announcements regarding pre-season were made late last week, so here’s a rundown of where City will play and when.

Early July: Players return to Carrington before moving to training camp in south Germany.

Thursday 17th July: UEFA Cup first qualifying round first leg – opponents and venue to be confirmed, draw will be made on July 1st. The home leg will be played at Oakwell, home of Barnsley FC.

Saturday 26th July: Pre-season friendly away to Hamburg SV, kick off time to be confirmed.

Thursday 31st July: UEFA Cup first qualifying round second leg.

Saturday 2nd August: Pre-season friendly away to Stockport County, kick off at 3.00pm.

Saturday 9th August: Thomas Cook Trophy match v AC Milan at the City of Manchester Stadium, kick off at 5.15pm.

Keep checking mcfc.co.uk for ticket details and further announcements over the coming weeks.

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