The Premier Preseason competition is here again. Every year, the profile of this competition increases and bigger teams are getting involved. In order to wet our appetite, gooner of steel is bringing you 10 cool facts you might not know about the Emirates Cup
It was started in 2007, a year after the Emirates was completed.
It has held every year since then except in 2012 because of the London Olympics.
Its format is very similar to the Amsterdam Tournament hosted by Ajax since 1975.
Arsenal is the most successful side with 3 titles ( 2007, 2009, 2010)
The trophy is made up of Sterling Silver. It was made by Thomas Fattorini, whose family has produced trophies for English football since 1827.
It is broadcasted on a global scale through ESPN and BT sport; covering a large audience.
No EPL side has ever participated in this competition. Fear of the Emirates? Perhaps.
New York Red Bulls and Boca Juniors are the only non- European sides to participate in the tourney.
Paris St Germain(3), Valencia (2) are the only sides to have played more than once other than Arsenal. However, Lyon would be making a second appearance when play tomorrow.
From 2009, total shots on target are used as a tie breaker when two teams are tied on points, goal difference and goal scored.
The scoring system is illustrated in the screenshot diagram below:
Really looking forward to this year’s tourney. Really going to be interesting. Remember, SPARKS WILL FLY!!!!!