Soccer invasion

Seven English professional teams will be playing pre-season games in the Algarve over the next few weeks. The action kicks-off at the Complexo Desportivo do Estádio Municipal in Vila Real de Santo António on Saturday, July 8 at 11.30am when Ebbsfleet United, newly-promoted to the National League, will play League One outfit Shrewsbury Town. Admission is free.

On July 12 and 15, supporters of Oxford United will be able to see them take on relegated Premier League teams Middlesbrough and Hull City. Both games take place at the Estádio da Nora in Ferreiras, Albufeira. Kick-off is at 6.30pm and admission is €10.

Hull City will also be in action on July 18 when they play Bristol Rovers at the Estádio da Nora. Kick-off at 6.30pm. Admission is €10 with concessions for U12s and senior citizens.

Photo: Estádio da Nora, Ferreiras