Newcastle Pre-Season Has More Of A European Flavor

It was the tour of America last year at this time that set the tone for the season, and created that tremendous team spirit that won Newcastle so many points last season in the Premier League, when our lads simply refused to give up, when things got tough.

John Carver and Alan Pardew last season

At this time last year, players like Yohan Cabaye, Demba  Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa, who was coming back from his terrible double leg fracture, were largely an unknown quantity, but all three went on to have magnificent seasons for Newcastle.

And the rest is history with Newcastle finishing in 5th place, qualifying for the Europa League and amazingly, only narrowly missing out on a Champions League position.

We’re sure Alan Pardew will be hoping for the same kind of tour this summer, although the American experience turned out to be a little tiring for the players, with long plane journeys from the central plains to the East coast – well it’s a big country after all.

This is what Alan said today to the local press corps:

“It’s a completely different environment, of course, but a good environment.” “I’ve been to Germany before on a pre-season. It’s hot, and a bit stuffy, but the facilities are fantastic.”

“It’s top-quality European opposition, and gives us a little taste of Europe, which I think is important.” “It’s no good going to America or Asia, we needed to get some European experience, which we haven’t had for three or four years.”

“Portugal – two European teams, and again a hot climate. Really, the Cardiff game is going to be about the Premier League.” “Cardiff away is a Premier League game, to a degree. It’s the closest we can get.” “It’ll be about getting back to what we know.”

This is what we think the pre-season schedule is for Newcastle this summer, although not all these games have been announced by Newcastle – yet – but it will give the lads some good games in preparation for what is a vital first week of the season.

Newcastle play Tottenham and Chelsea in the league, and in between we have the first leg of the qualifying round for the group stages of the Europa League.

Fri 13 July KO 6;30 pm Chemnitzer FC - Lost 1-0Stadion an der Gellertstraße - Chermnitz, Germany
Mon 16 July KO 7:00 pm AS Monaco - Won 1-0Landsberg am Lech, Germany
Sat 21 July KO 7:30 pmFernerbahce - Drew 1-1 Sonnenseestadion, SC Ritzing, Austria
Fri 27 July KO 8:45 pmOlympiacos - Drew 1-1 4-4 on penalties Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal
Sat 28 July KO 8:45 pmFC Braga - won 2-1 Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal
Sat 4 August KO 5:00 pm Den Haag - Drew 0-0Kyocera Stadium, Den Haag
Tues 7 Aug KO 7:30 pmHartlepool - Won 5-1Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Sat 11 Aug 3:00 pmCardiff - Lost 4-1Cardiff City Stadium

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • geordielad95

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1


  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Well done you posted first.
    Now go copulate!

  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    mornin all, i´ll be at the game tomorrow 🙂
    do any of you´s know if the team´s left
    yet and are the first teamers all coming???
    can´t find anything at all on the web…

    also chemnitz fan forum are commenting that every uk site seems to think the town is called chemnitzer it´s chemnitz!!
    chemnitzer fc = fc of chemnitz
    sorry to be pedantic 😉


    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    am I the only ghost in this blog cause no one reply s to my comments

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    My childhood footballer of the day is Brian deane. Now can anybody tell me what’s special about him without
    googling him

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Did somebody say something?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Cwarr…No 🙂

  • ash-out

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    First goal on prem?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9


    Drop Ed an email about it mate, I’m sure he’d be keen to fix it!

    Isn’t Gateshead usually our first friendly game? (Somebody correct me on that if wrong) I imagine you’ll see Simpson, Colo, Williamson & Santon. I’d imagine the two new boys will get a run out as well, seeing as Cabaye & Hatem aren’t back till later in July. Ba will surely start up top as well.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    My fortune cookie wisdom of the day:

    “The worst bankrupt in the world
    is the person
    who has lost his enthusiasm“.

    Fortune cookie of the day boys and girls 😉 …that’s an odd to you my friend cwarr 😉 hehe

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #11

    @ash out correct. Who did he play for and who was the goal against?
    @jesper cheers buddy.

  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    cheers tds
    yeah, good idea i´ll mail him
    hope for 6 -0 tomorrow and no bother afterwards….

  • check the toastie

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Looks to me like our pre-season schedule mirrors our transfer activity, lerching from one country to the next, getting a few knock backs and then pretending that we are in complete control. So far its all been a bit sh1t. Seems ike we cant even compete with the ‘Big Boys’ in organising a decent pre-season kickabout.

  • roadfighter

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    not that we were actually looking at Guidetti but there have been articles where he apparently suggests he wants to go to Italy…

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    @shirtonapole like a person from Berlin is a Berliner
    “ich bin eine Berliner”

  • roadfighter

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #16

    and when is Leon coming of the banner? 🙂 nice guy, did a decent job when needed but come on Ed 🙂

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #17

    @roadwarrior Eds a busy guy though

  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #18

    @cwarr exactly 🙂
    love on the chemnitz website they´ve got a banner going round flashing black and white with the text alternating between: 1989 Juventus Turin /2012 Newcastle United!!
    Guessing they don´t get big games that often 😉

    Also going to Landsberg game on Monday, phoned them up to tell them we´re not called New Castle United, lol….
    As i say i´m a bit pedantic 🙂

  • martoon

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Another quiet NUFC news day and Ed is scraping the barrel for stories! I suspect Hoilett will choose QPR as he knows Mark Hughes and they are probably offering more money. What time is KO tomorrow?

  • phoonck

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    I suddenly had a vision(with Debuchy & Douglas coming):

    Debuchy(RB) Coloccini(CB) Douglas(CB) Santon(LB)
    Tiote(CDM) Gutierrez(CDM)
    Ben Arfa(CAM)
    Ba(ST) Cisse(ST)

    4-2-1-1-2: We have got 2 very attacking full backs in Santon and Debuchy, and doing it well, so they can roam and support in attack with open flanks in this formation. Tiote will sit deep and prevent opponents from counter-attacks with the ever-superb tracking back Gutierrez. Cabaye will be the one orchestrating the play, with support on both flanks in Debuchy and Santon, Ben Arfa in front to help unlock the oppositions’ defence, or he can always bring Gutierrez in to play and build up attacks. Ba and Cisse will be lethal up front with their intelligent off-the-ball runs and goal-scoring instincts.

    This should strike fear into any teams in the BPL!

  • toonking

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #21

    last post had lots of thoughts on teams for next season
    and since pardew has said he still won’t really be able to spend money for extra players how about this as a team for early europa and cup games


    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Is the game tomorrow likely to include first team players? I saw Jonas in the metro yesterday late afternoon so if they are they must of flown over today

  • Toon in Nairobi

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Doing rounds on facebook
    Leon Best vs Leon Worst.
    all in all Thank you Besty without you we would have been beaten by fulham lost to Aston Villa and drawn wth QPR last season. Thank you BESTY

  • hainesy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Confirmed but we’re not playing Ado Den Haag

  • hainesy

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #25

    WWYCD – They fly this afternoon

  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #26

    WWYCD i hope so, don´t fancy doing a 12hr road trip (there and back) to see the reserves….

    on the chronicle website that tit Lee Ryder does a short video preview and he seems to think so, we´ll find out tomorrow i suppose

  • phoonck

    Jul 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Going by the formation and line-ups, we are still left with a very strong 2nd string!(can’t imagine I actually said this!)

    Adopting a 4-4-1-1 formation as its best suited for the 2nd string:

    Tavernier(RB) Williamson(CB) S.Taylor(CB) R.Taylor(LB)
    Obertan (RW) Perch(CDM) Abeid(MC) Marveaux(LW)

    I seriously think this line-up is too bad as well! Won’t win the big boys but definitely good enough to play against the mid table teams and below!

  • phoonck

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #29

    *line-up is not too bad as well! Won’t win~

  • XtraTimeAndPens

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #31

    I think it’s a pretty well balanced pre-season tour actually. It seems like a good mix of opposition and like Pardew says we’ll be playing in a nice variety of settings. Will be interesting to see us playing Fenerbahce, Braga and Olympiacos especially because they’re the sort of teams we’ll be seeing in the Europa League. Looking forward to seeing us playing again anyway, it’s been too long!

    Also, got a new blog up at if you want to give it a read. All about Villas-Boas at Spurs.

  • robinhungary

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Sat 21 July Fernerbahce Vienna, Austria

    I think this is in fact in Sopron, Hungary. Much better, and much cheaper than Austria!


    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Ah right that makes sense lads cheers. Any idea whether it will be viewable for us lot stuck in the toon?

  • santoooooooooon

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Not to convinced with Pardiola saying that we might only get 1/2 players in… imo we need a FB and a WM, and a CB especially if he is just hoping S.Taylor will be fit for 50 odd games…

    If we convert jonas to a CDM we may not need another CM as we will have tiote jonas cabaye bigirimana gosling abeid perch, raylor who can cover there and marveaux, we would probs survive.

    However for the WM positions we would have marveaux hba oba amalfitano, fergie(is a LB) so imo hoilett would be perfect, as marveaux could easily get injured for the season again…

    FB is obvious we have 2 young players in tav and fergie who will be great in 2 years however we need 3 proven players imo santon simpson and another needed…

    CB is a big issue we only have 3, saylor is a liability so this is a must

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is planning to lure Crystal Palace duo Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne to St Mary’s in an £8million double swoop and is also keen on Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton, according to the Daily Star.
    by @skysportsrobp 2:37 PM

    we should just go in for them. 8m for 2 promising players who will add more quality to our already extremely promising youth development squad and their cost may triple under our club guidance into top players hopefully. good gamble we should take.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew remains confident Demba Ba will stay at St James’ Park this summer, with the Magpies boss also awaiting a response over his interest in in-demand Junior Hoilett following his Blackburn exit. We will bring you more on this shortly.
    by @skysportsrobp 2:19 PM

    Seems like we are indeed interested in Hoilett and it has substance. But whether we are serious in getting him is another story.

  • toonincheek

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #37

    We are at the stage now where it needs to be a fairly big signing to warrant regular first team action.
    And anyone below that – have to be a younger player looking to get experience and up his game.
    Anything in between – they will be looking for regular first team action that they aren’t goona get, so they will think long and hard before coming.

  • newcben

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Cabaye is arguably our best player and he needs to play where he s going to dictate the game. Last year he came under abuse on here because he faded into the background, he needs to play higher up the pitch.

    Having just Tiote holding and two up top leaves us to exposed especially with the attacking wing backs we have. But may be ok against the lesser teams, I still feel we need Anita unless Bigi is showing his worth already in training (who knows). And we need a CF for when ACON is on… much pressure for just Shola maybe?

    My ideal line up for next yr would be.



    What CF is gona come to us and maybe not even have a spot on our bench thats what worries me…..

  • newcben

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #39

    For France he ran the show having Diarra hold in behind him….one of the players of the tournament (hence the links with Barca true or not to even have a rumor about you must mean your good)

  • Szarka

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Fener match will be in Sopron , yeah !!!!
    I must go.

    Aldo i was thinking a Wien trip too, not farther really but much more costly. Sopron is cheap. 🙂


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