Football is back! Well, kinda. For the next few weeks, we'll see teams with players you've never heard of playing for the team you supposedly support...in new kits!
The blend of youth and experience is inevitable in pre-season, and it always leads to some fascinating results as teams get warmed up for the upcoming campaign.
So, how did the Premier League sides do in their first run-outs of the summer? You need only read on to find all the answers your heart desires...
FC Luzern 1-1 Crystal Palace (Palace won 5-6 on pens) - 9/7
What? You haven't been keeping up with the prestigious Uhrencup? Well, you need to climb out from under that rock you've been living under, forget the Cricket World Cup and Stranger Things and get your priorities in order.
In this absolute pre-season classic, Christian Benteke netted inside two minutes with a firm header, only for his side to be pegged back by Luzern legend
Bohemians 1-1 Chelsea - 10/7
Tranmere 0-6 Liverpool - 11/7
Switching to Prenton Park real quick, a Liverpool side blended with youth and experience triumphed over League One Tranmere 6-0.
Nathaniel Clyne (yes, he's still technically a Liverpool player) opened the scoring in the sixth minute, while Rhian Brewster netted twice to send the Reds into half time three goals to the good.
Changes were made at the interval and Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan wrapped up proceedings to kick off a satisfying start to the club's pre-season campaign.
Altach 2-3 West Ham - 11/7
Three goals to get pre-season off to a good start pic.twitter.com/COeMDNn0Ld— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 11, 2019
West Ham got their post-Marko Arnautovic era off to a good start with an exciting 3-2 win over Austrian side Altach.
Carlos Sanchez and Michail Antonio put the Hammers two goals up inside 25 minutes before they were pegged to 2-2 shortly after half-time.
However, Issa Diop headed in Jack Wilshere's
Real Betis 0-1 Sheffield United - 12/7
Real Betis vs Sheffield United is one of those fascinating games (for football hipsters, at least) that pre-season throws up.
While the La Liga side fielded established players like Marc Bartra, Joaquin and Sergio Canales, they seemed overawed by United's star power as David McGoldrick grabbed the winner, sliding home from John Lundstram's header.
Perth Glory 0-2 Manchester United - 13/7
PAUL POGBA! PAUL POGBA! PAUL POGBA!
Ok, we won't mention Paul Pogba again. Instead, we'll focus on the positives from United's 2-0 thrashing of Perth Glory.
Marcus Rashford and James Garner both scored, and apparently Whizzkid and Wales Superstar Daniel James proved to the world that he is really, really fast. You can read more about United's pre-season workout here.
Liefering 2-5 Brighton - 13/7
Yes! Here we go, a proper pre-season goal-fest in
Touted Leicester signing Lewis Dunk netted alongside Glenn Murray and Jurgen Locadia in the first half, with Albion actually trailing their modest hosts 2-1 at one point in the opening period.
New signing Leandro Trossard and Florin Andone wrapped things up after the break to give Graham Potter his first win as Brighton boss.
Young Boys 2-0 Crystal Palace - 13/7
Back to the
St Patrick's Athletic 0-4 Chelsea - 13/7
Sion 0-0 Everton -
No goals to report here, but supposed Toffees outcasts Kevin Mirallas and Oumar Niasse both got run outs as Marco Silva's side played out a draw in Bagnes, Switzerland.
Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the crossbar with one of his trademark long shots, but Everton couldn't break the deadlock.
Bradford 1-3 Liverpool - 14/7
Staying on Merseyside, Liverpool wrapped up another victory over English opposition as they triumphed over Bradford City.
James Milner grabbed a three-minute brace early in the first half before Brewster scored again, while Adam Lallana played the Jorginho role!
Eoin Doyle scored a consolation in the 80th minute, but Liverpool's second pre-season game will be remembered by most for a touching moment from Stephen Darby, who played in seven competitive games for the Reds and over 200 for Bradford before retiring in 2018 when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
Arminia Bielefeld 2-2 Norwich - 14/7
It's always great to see a new signing settling in easily during pre-season, and Norwich fans must be convinced Josip Drmic is their new Grant Holt after his strike in their 2-2 draw with Arminia Bielefeld.
Altach 1-1 Southampton - 14/7
Yep, the one you've been waiting for!
Just a minute and 56 seconds into his Southampton debut, new signing Che Adams scored his first goal for the club, turning a defender and firing low into the left corner.
Altach leveled things up 24 minutes later through Manfred Fischer. The Saints play Preston in their next pre-season outing.