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Pre-Season: 5 of the Strangest Friendlies in Recent Football History

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Pre-season is now upon us with all the usual far and wide destinations for the world's top football clubs.

In light of Accrington Stanley beating Marseille and Charlton Athletic's recent game abandonment due to a referee being manhandled, here's a look at some of the more bizarre destinations and scenarios teams have ended up playing as they build up fitness and boost revenue ahead of the season...



Liverpool played the Thai national team as part of their Asian tour in 2009.



Even a seasoned Liverpool fan can be forgiven for this forgetting this absolute classic of a matchup *cough*.

In the oft recounted anecdote, Redders told the officials that the ungainly looking sub was a new Bulgarian signing.

Exactly three years after the Thai national team took on one of England's most prestigious clubs, it was the turn of the Gabon national team to play a warm-up game in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Originally, Gabon looked to play Newcastle United, however they, along with their Under 21 side, were both away on pre-season outings of their own.
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