Real Madrid forced to stage Santiago Bernabeu Trophy at end of September

The commemorative tournament is usually held just before the start of Los Blancos' Liga campaign, but it has been moved back this year because of a fixture pile-up
Real Madrid have been forced to push the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy back until the tail end of September.

The annual friendly event, which commemorates the club's legendary former president, is usually held just before the start of the domestic season and traditionally represents a first opportunity for Blancos' supporters to see their side's new summer signings.

However, the final game of Madrid's pre-season tour takes place on August 11 in the United States and, given Spain have scheduled a friendly for four days later against Puerto Rico, and La Liga is set to get under way on August 18, there is no room for the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy.

Consequently, the tournament, which has been running since 1979, is now scheduled to take place on either September 25 or 26.

The event has only been moved on three previous occasions: 2002, 2003 and 2007. In the latter case, the switch was prompted by the tragic death of former Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta.