It’s being reported today that Newcastle United will participate in a pre-season tournament in Majorca, as part of their preparation for what promises to be an important Premier League season.
Kevin Keegan – will take team to Majorca Tournament
Newcastle are busy completing arrangements before formally announcing their involvement in the tournament, although organizers say that it’s already a done deal.
Newcastle will join hosts Real Mallorca, and German Bundesliga teams Hertha Berlin and Hannover 96 in the Summer International Cup in Majorca.
The tournament will take place in early August, with the semi-finals on August 1st, and the final on August 3rd.
Hannover 96 are said to be late replacements for Manchester City, who had to cancel their plans for Majorca, when they qualified for the UEFA Cup through the Fair Play League at the end of last season.
Newcastle have not yet revealed any plans for the pre-season, but Kevin hinted towards the end of last season, he would be taking his team away for some games.
Ylan Singer, is one of the organizers of the competition, and said today:
“It is all official.â€
“Newcastle United will be going to Majorca along with Hertha Berlin and Hannover 96 for the competition with Real Mallorca, which will take place in the Ono Stadium.â€
“The two semi-finals will be on August 1, with the final and the game for third and fourth place two days later.â€
“We are now talking to both the German clubs and Newcastle about the distribution of tickets and details will be available soon.”
The venue is already a popular resort for English and Germans vacationers, and it wouldnâ€™t be surprising if a huge contingent of fans turned up for the tournament.
Newcastle in particular are expected to have many of the Toon Army there to watch the tournament, which will of course will include Newcastleâ€™s new signings for the summer, whoever they finally turn out to be. 😀
Newcastle are expected to augment the tournament with one or two friendlies at St James’ Park, to complete their pre-season preparations.
Spanish club Valencia are expected to be confirmed soon as visitors to St. James’ Park, and in addition, we expect recently promoted to the Championship, Doncaster Rovers, to also play Newcastle.
Kevin Keegan, of course, was born on Valentine’s Day in Armthorpe, Doncaster, back in 1951.