Newcastle have finally announced their pre-season schedule, which sees them playing six games, before the season starts against Tottenham at St. James’ Park on 18th August.
|Fri 13 July KO 6;30 pm||Chemnitzer FC - Lost 1-0||Stadion an der Gellertstraße - Chermnitz, Germany|
|Mon 16 July KO 7:00 pm||AS Monaco - Won 1-0||Landsberg am Lech, Germany|
|Sat 21 July KO 7:30 pm||Fernerbahce - Drew 1-1||Sonnenseestadion, SC Ritzing, Austria|
|Fri 27 July KO 8:45 pm||Olympiacos - Drew 1-1 4-4 on penalties||Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal|
|Sat 28 July KO 8:45 pm||FC Braga - won 2-1||Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal|
|Sat 4 August KO 5:00 pm||Den Haag - Drew 0-0||Kyocera Stadium, Den Haag|
|Tues 7 Aug KO 7:30 pm||Hartlepool - Won 5-1||Victoria Park, Hartlepool|
|Sat 11 Aug 3:00 pm||Cardiff - Lost 4-1||Cardiff City Stadium|
There is definitely a game also scheduled at the International Stadium against Gateshead on Wednesday, 1st August, but Newcastle will send a Development eleven to that game.
And the game that was supposed to be arranged in August against ADO Den Haag in Holland, Tim Krul’s former club, doesn’t show up in the schedule.
The Newcastle first team squad will leave this afternoon from Newcastle Airport and spend nine days in Germany and Hungary, playing three friendly games that have been widely reported in the press, and are detailed above.
The club is saying that because of the cancellation of the Vodacom Challenge in South Africa, Newcastle had to scramble to arrange alternative friendly games, and they seem to have done a good job.
That’s bad news for Newcastle’s South African fans, who were looking forward to the club visiting South Africa.
Later in July, Newcastle will have a second mini-trip and travel to Portugal to compete in the Guadiana Torneo, in the Algarve Stadium in Southern Portugal, near Faro.
And as we reported a few days ago, FC Porto have been replaced by SC Braga in the game on Saturday, 28th July.
That’s who former Newcastle midfielder Hugo Viana currently plays for, and the games in Portugal have an 8:45 pm KO time.
It looks a very decent pre-season schedule with some good games arranged.