Newcastle To Play In Portugal Tournament In July


News today that Newcastle United will travel to Portugal at the end of July to compete in the Guadiana Torneo.


It had been expected that Newcastle would play in South Africa in the Vodacom Challenge, which is the top pre-season tournament in Africa, and is hosted by the Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

But it seems that it may be bad news today for our South African readers, and Newcastle will play in the three-team tournament in Portugal, which will be held from Thursday, 26th July through Saturday, 28th July at the Algarve Stadium, near Faro.

As reported yesterday,  Newcastle will be playing against the current Portuguese Liga Champions FC Porto, and Greek Champions Olympiacos in the pre-season competition.

FC Porto have been a top team for the last several years in Portugal, and have won their National Championship for for six of the last seven seasons.

Here is the line-up of games for the tournament with each side playing two games:

Thursday, 26th July – FC Porto v Olympiacos (8.45pm kick-off)
Friday, 27th July – Newcastle United v Olympiacos (8.45pm kick-off)
Saturday, 28th July – Newcastle United v FC Porto (8.45pm kick-off)

This will give Newcastle some stiff competition in their pre-season, and in addition to these games, Newcastle have already arranged to play Cardiff, at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday August 11th.

Newcastle will still need to arrange another three pre-season games,  before the Premier League season opens on the weekend of August 18th, so we suppose the tournament  in South Africa could still be  a possibility – maybe.

The Vodacom tournament usually takes place around the middle of July, and last year when Tottenham played, the games took place from 16th July through 23rd July.

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254 comments so far

  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Brilliant.
    Can’t wait to see us up against some top sides other than those in the premier league!
    So do we reckon debuchy’s coming to newcastle? Any other clubs interested in him?
    He looked absolutely class last night, would love to see him at the toon.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Getting stranded in a pedallo off the coast of Portugal is too good for Ashley.

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #3

    So, is this gonna be debuchy’s debut?

    ….

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  • Cabaye4

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #4

    ben arfa and cabaye did rubbish yesterday HAHA
    gerrard did much better than both of them

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  • Cabaye4

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #5

    ben arfa is so bad that he cant even play for more than 10 mins

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Cabaye4,

    A mackem in disguise?

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #7

    @cabaye4
    I don’t get why a mackem would want to go on a geordie forum. U’re just further building on the fact that mackem scum are suffering from being in the shadow of nufc all their life.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Cabaye4
    You know no-one cares about your childish insults right? If you’ve got nothing better to do with your time than act like a prat on a rival teams Internet forum then I pity you.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #9

    @ dannyo hes not a mackem hes a scouse chav who trolls on here boasting about gerrard in between stealing alloys anf fcuking his sister

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Let’s not give Cabaye4 the attention he so obviously desperatley craves.
    He is a mackem after all, I almost pity him.

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Especially when he claims Cabaye was poor yesterday – I thought he was excellent.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #12

    I thought he was Scousers because even the Mackems have an ounce of intelligence.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #13

    A scouser***
    Damn autocorrect

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #14

    AHh Yes!!! The funniest thing on telly comes on soon! Samaras!!!

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #15

    @Papiss,

    Real Madrid have been linked, but Roma and Valencia have expressed their interest????.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #16

    @cabaye4 all i talk about is gerrard you obviously know the other 24 players in your squad are sh1t

    It also speaks volumes about your wonderful city when your idol is an ageing dumb@ss who beats up dj’s knocks up 16 year olds and gets super injuctions jeez no wonder the scouse population have single handedly made jeremy kyle a hit show!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #17

    gonufc – Samara is not all that bat he’s quite decent really. The funniest thing on TV was seeing Heskey play for England a while back and seeing Jose Enrique on goal against u when we thrashed Liverfool.

    Cabaye did well v England and Ben Arfa needs more time on the pitch to be explosive.

    On topic this tournament will be good for us but we should try and enter the African Tournament also. Apart fro giving our young squad more experience it will boost our global reputation.

    HWTL

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #18

    *not all that bad.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #19

    *played against us.

    Damn it am I drunk and don’t know it?

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  • tonynufc

    Jun 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20

    msidouglas retweet
    Debuchy has told l’Equipe nothing will be decided on his future until after the Euros. ‘I have wishes,but we will discuss them later. heres hoping the dont qualify and its to us

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #21

    But did you see him in the first greece game? It got embarrassing.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #22

    @Tony,
    That doesn’t mean a fee and terms haven’t been agreed

    Czech Republic are on it!

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  • super magpie

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Terrible start for Greece, they’re all over the place.

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  • Klatoon

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Speaking of RB’s, this Czech kid Gebreselassie is impressive bombing forward, did it well in the opener but he’s explosive today!

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  • tweaked

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Dubuchy looks very good signing but if he continues to perform like he did last night his price is gonna sky rocket 🙁 we can only hope due to his friendship with cabaye it will persuade him that the toon army is his destiny

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #26

    tweaked – his price wont sjy rocket as he has a buy out clause of 8million euros

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #27

    quite amazing how many people are getting all excited thinking Cabaye is about to break anew signing on Twitter. Since when did Mike Ashley and Co use Cabaye’s Twitter page to announce our transfer business, not gonna happen!! He is probably in the dark about signings just as much as any of us, highly doubt Ashley is gonna be ringing him at the Euros everyday to tell him how deals are progressing.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #28

    @nick 69
    Debuchy does not have a clause, what are u on about?

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #29

    @Danny,
    He does have a clause.

    It’s compulsory for each player in the rest of Europe I thought?

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #31
  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Beat me to it Nick 🙁

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #33

    What? How? When? Why?
    I’ve never heard or seen that before. Why do people go on about his price going higher if he has a good tourno then?
    €8 mill is peanuts.

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  • sks_toon

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Does anyone know what happened to justnewcastleblogs.com? Its not working anymore it was so convenient to see all the articles coming out about NUFC in one place

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  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Gutted, I’m going Vilamoura on the 29th which is only round the corner 🙁

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #36

    sks_toon – use newsnow, that has all newcaslt stories coming out in one place

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Sport/Football/Premier+League/Newcastle+United/Top+Sources

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #37

    What’s on cabayes twitter???

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Since when has the telegraph been the bastion of truth?

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  • sks_toon

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Thanks Nick! I appreciate it!

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Cabaye said ‘Hope you good my twittos ??? Speak to you soon about something …’

    and everyone getting all excited thinking he’s about to break news of a transfer, pretty laughable really

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