The German third division side, FC Chemnitz, have just announced on their web-site, that Newcastle United will play them in pre-season on Friday night, July 13th.
Here’s their web-site in which they have announced that Top club Newcastle United is coming to Chemnitz.
Here’s the full text of what what they have put out on their web-site about the Newcastle visit, with the game being played on Friday, 13th July – unlucky for some – with some help from Google and myself in the translation:
The Chemnitz FC club will play during the official season, opening on Friday, 13 July 2012, a friendly match against English club Newcastle United FC . The encounter with the “Magpies” will kick off at 18:30 in the stadium at Gellert Road.
Newcastle United have finished the past season in an excellent fifth place in the English Premier League and is eligible in the coming season for the UEFA Europa League. The Newcastle club have already confirmed that the team is traveling with their entire senior squad to Chemnitz.
These include for example the two Bundesliga experienced Senegalese national team players, Demba Ba and Papiss Cissé, and two of the French national players Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye, and the two Argentine national players – Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutiérrez.
Head coach Gerd Harmful is very pleased with the friendly match against the team from the Premier League and he had this to say:
“We are very happy to be able to deny our last preseason game against an opponent so attractive. Chemnitz can look forward to a top international club, which will require the best from our team. “
Similarly, the Chemnitz CEO, Dr. Mathias Hanel , has said this about the opponents from England:
“We can be proud that such an ambitious club will give his business card in the stadium at the Gellert Road.”
Detailed information about the season opening and of the ticket sales will follow.
We will need to wait for the official message from Newcastle of course, which should be coming out on their web-site, but this is now the 4th friendly to be arranged for pre-season, and we still need another couple of games, some of which could be against local sides too.
In September of 2006, the German Football Association (DFB) announced the formation of the 3rd Liga in Germany, which is where Chemnitz play, and it is administered by the DFB and not by the DFL (Deutsche Fußball Liga).
FC Chemnitz finished in 9th place last season in the third division in Germany, and Chemnitz is located in the eastern part of Germany and is the third-largest city in the Free State of Saxony,.