• Spanish giants pick Dorset club for their first pipe-opener
• Mesut Ozil, Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo all expected to play
The Championship newcomers Bournemouth have pulled off a considerable coup by enticing Real Madrid to play a prestigious pre-season home friendly on 21 July.
The newly-promoted Dorset club, who are about to embark on their first season in the second tier of English football for 23 years, will welcome the nine-times European champions to Dean Court for a Sunday evening kick-off.
The fixture will be Madrid's first match of their pre-season schedule, and will be followed by a trip to the US to compete in the International Champions Cup against clubs of a decidedly more prestigious stamp, including Juventus and Internazionale.
Madrid are expected to field some of their biggest names at Dean Court, including Mesut Ozil, Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo, in what they are billing as an exhibition match.
However, Bournemouth fans hoping to watch the match will have to pay considerably more than the £20-odd they fork out for run-of-the mill fixtures at the 9,600-capacity stadium. Adult prices for season ticket holders will be £55, and for others the full cost has been set at £60.
The Bournemouth chairman, Eddie Mitchell, claimed his club had been "handpicked" by Real Madrid for the fixture, which would be "a landmark moment for the Football League".
Diplomatically, Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid's director of institutional relations, said the Spanish club will be "looking forward to the challenge presented to us by our English opponents".