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Chelsea add one more preseason friendly, this time in Hungary

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For someone currently residing on the other side of the world, I'm unreasonably excited by the fact that Chelsea are coming to my spiritual home in Hungary.  Time to look for some plane tickets!  Or start paddling.

The announcement reads:

Chelsea Football Club is pleased to announce a pre-season friendly away to Hungarian side Ferencvaros on Sunday August 10.

The game will kick off at 7.45pm UK time and will be the first match played at the Florian Albert Stadium, the new home of our opponents - the 28-time champions of Hungary and winners of the 1965 Fairs Cup.

Ferencvaros finished third in last season's Hungarian league and are managed by former Germany international Thomas Doll.

When I was growing up in that part of the world, Ferencváros (i.e. FTC or Fradi) were one of the bigger local footballing powers, winning the Hungarian League and Cup several times in the early and mid-90s.  Their European campaigns usually petered after a couple rounds, but even back then the quality of the league overall was not very good.  They did make it to the Champions League group stages in 1995.  Nowadays, they're just a tiny bit below the dominant Hungarian sides like Debrecen and Videoton, but they do claim the league's only World Cup representative in Muhamed Besic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (he may not be there by the time this friendly rolls around though).

This match will the seventh preseason friendly for the first-team, and slots nicely into the free weekend before our Premier League opener away to Burnley on the 16th of August.  There are some rumors of a charity match or two in Turkey at some point, too, though the calendar is quite full at this point.

NB. The stadium is named after the last great Hungarian player and only Ballon d'Or winner.  Here's a short FIFA video with him, talking mostly about the time they smacked down Brazil in the 1966 World Cup.

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