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If you want English Premier League football, Bangkok is the place to be at the moment as both Chelsea and Manchester United are in town for matches against a local side.

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First stop for the Chelsea manager and veteran stars was Siriraj hospital to sign the get-well book for Their Majesties the King and the Queen. KITJA APICHONROJAREK

Chelsea comes to town

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English Premier League football team Chelsea arrived in Bangkok on Friday, landing at Suvarnabhumi airport, and will play an exhibition match against Thailand's Singha All-Star XI on Wednesday night at Rajamangala National Stadium.

Several Chelsea players, led by returning manager Jose Mourinho, commonly known as "The Special One", then went to sign the get-well book for Their Majesties the King and the Queen at Siriraj hospital.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and players try their hands at a 'wai', Thai-style. AFP

Chelsea's star players who are expected to feature in the pre-season friendly match include John Terry, Frank Lampard, Petr Čech, Eden Hazard and Ashley Cole.

However, Spanish striker Fernando Torres and midfielder Juan Mata will miss the game in Bangkok, as they are now taking a vacation after they previously competed in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013.

Chelsea will hold a football clinic at Superkick Ladprao 80 on Monday and will practice at Rajamangala National Stadium on Tuesday.

The Chelsea players and staff had no problem finding which buses were theirs. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

Wednesday's exhibition match is free of charge and will be broadcast live on Channel 9 at 8pm.

English Premier League champions Manchester United arrived in Bangkok at 8.30am Thursday. They will play a pre-season friendly against Singha All-Star XI tonight at 8pm at Rajamangala National Stadium.

Spanish giant Barcelona FC will visit Thailand next month and will play against the Thai national team on Aug 7.

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broadcast : to send out a programme on television or radio - กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว

clinic (noun): an occasion when an expert teaches a class on their subject -

exhibition : the act of showing a skill, a feeling, or a kind of behaviour - การแสดง

feature : to include someone or something as an important part - มีบทบาทสำคัญใน

live : happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier - ถ่ายทอดสด

midfielder (noun): a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง

striker : a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals - ศูนย์หน้าตัวเป้า

veteran : having a lot of experience doing something - อาวุโส


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