Newcastle will travel to Portugal at the end of July to compete in the Guadiana Torneo, and will play a couple of games in successive days, against Porto and Olympiacos, and then the weekend before the Premier League starts with a home game against Spurs, Newcastle will play Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Newcastle had been expected to play in the Vodacom Challenge tournament next month in South Africa, but that has presumably been cancelled by the organizer, to the chagrin of Newcastle’s South Africa fans.
Those plans are still uncertain however, and we suppose there’s still a possibility that Newcastle could play in the Vodacom Challenge, against two local sides, Kaizer Chiefs, and the Orlando Pirates.
Jabu Mathibela, a spokesman for the organizers of the tournament SAIL, said:
“I see people mention Newcastle but we have not really concluded anything with those guys.”
We expect those guys to be busy arranging some additional pre-season friendlies right now.
Newcastle could extend their stay in Portugal, and there have been rumors Newcastle could play Sporting Lisbon, and news today in the Journal that Newcastle may also be negotiating to play a top team in Germany.